Gail Postal contemporary icons in oil combine realistic graphite portraits and imagined fabrics with a touch of bling. Gail paints ordinary people as icons, revealing the dignity and beauty of the everyday. “life is pretty hard sometimes” says Postal but I try to convey a kind of beauty. Not standard academic beauty, but a combination of inner beauty and an ideal of who the person really is. 





Postal’s images marry the intense detail of a graphite pencil drawing from life with vivid colors and patterns against a golden background, embellished with glitter and sparkly crystals. It took a world of art to create the mature style that a Postal painting embodies. 







From Russian icons she borrowed her golden backgrounds. From Persian miniatures she took colorful, flattened patterns. Japanese hand-tinted photographs that she found in a Parisian flea-market inspired her with their washes of watercolor over areas of the black and white photos.  From Fra Angelico, Postal took finely observed details rendered in crisp edges.





Postal spends so much time on each piece that the intensity of her focus tends to make the subjects larger than life to her.It’s as if Postal is looking into the subject’s soul.
















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PUBLICATIONS

2016"INCITE 4 Relax, Restore, Renew: The Best of Mixed Media," North Light Books, Edited by Tonia Jenny."Gail Postal - Painting," Art and Artists, Artist Showcase, by Renee Phillips, http://www.manhattanarts.com/gail-postal-painting2014"INCITE 2 Color Passions: The Best of Mixed Media," North Light Books, Edited by Tonia Jenny.2013"Figure in Graphite and Oil," Artistsnetwork.com, August 14, 2013."Strokes of Genius 5 – The Best of Drawing," North Light Books, Edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf."Beyond Sensual Boundaries," Lines from the League, the Student and Alumni Magazine of the Art Students League of New York, Fall Issue."Gail Postal's Fantasy Life," Persimmontree.org, an Online Magazine of the Arts, Fall Issue."The Gold Standard," The Artist's Magazine, July/August Issue.2012"Exhibitions – Fort Wayne Museum, " American Arts Quarterly, Fall Issue."Over 60 Art Competition," The Artist's Magazine, March Issue.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016"Gail Postal," Foyer Gallery, Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD.2014"Contemporary Icons: Gail Postal," Pearl Theatre, New York, NY.2012"ICONIC: Works by Gail Postal," Tazza Gallery, New York, NY."Gail Postal," Foyer Gallery, Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD.2009"Contemporary American Icons," Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ.

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2009"Iconic Landscapes and Portraits of Everyday Icons," Windham Fine Arts Gallery, Windham, NY.

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2018"Inaugural Exhibition," La Vie Galerie, Livingston, NJ.2016"The Best of the Best," Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, TX.2015"Light in the Tunnel," RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY.2013"Model as Muse," National Academy of Fine Arts Museum and School, New York, NY.2010"4 Artist Invitational Exhibition," Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA.

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AWARDS AND PRIZES


2018Audubon Artists, Michael Engel Audubon Artists Founders Award, Financial Award.North Valley Art League, Award of Excellence, Financial Award.Brand Library & Art Center, Brand Associates Award, Financial Award.Gadsden Art Association, Second Place Mixed Media Award, Financial Award.South Arkansas Arts Center, First Place Award, Financial Award.Westmoreland Arts Nationals Exhibition, Graphics Award, Financial Award.Gibson County Visual Arts Association, Third Place Award, Financial Award.Emerald Arts Center, Recognition Award, Financial Award.Northwest Area Arts Council, Biafarin Blue Award, Financial Award.Maple Grove Arts Center, Second Place Mixed Media Award, Financial Award.2017Crooked Tree Arts Center, Second Place Award, Financial Award.Audubon Artists, Gold Medal of Honor, Financial Award.National Society of Artists, Second Place Award, Financial Award.Farmington Museum, Honorable Mention Award, Financial Award.Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville, Honorable Mention Award, Financial Award.Old Courthouse Figurative League, Artistic Merit Award, Financial Award.Gadsden Art Association, First Place in Mixed Media, Financial Award.Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Honorable Mention.Red River Valley Museum, Sumner Art Award, Financial Award.Lancaster County Art Association, First Place Award in Other Media, Financial Award.Art Association of Harrisburg, First Prize in Other Media, Financial Award.National Greeley Art Association, Second Place in Mixed Media, Financial Award.Gibson County Visual Arts Association, Second Place, Financial Award.Artists' Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition, Portraits/Figures Category, Finalist.2016Manhattan Arts International, Award of Excellence.Peninsula Art League, Award of Distinction, Financial Award.Art Center of Estes Park, First Place in Watercolor, Pastels, Mixed Media Award, Financial Award.Audubon Artists, The Jeffrey Berman Director's Award in Collage and Mixed Media, Financial Award.National Society of Artists, The Phillip G. Paratore Award, Financial Award.Art Institute and Gallery, Best in Show, Financial Award.North Valley Art League, Award of Excellence, Financial Award.Old Courthouse Arts Center, Artistic Merit Award, Financial Award.Red River Valley Museum, Honorable Mention.Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, First Place, Financial Award.Northwest Area Arts Council, Award for Artistic Merit, Financial Award.Greeley Art Association, Honorable Mention, Financial Award.East End Arts Gallery, First Place Award, Financial AwardBrooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Certificate of Recognition, Financial Award.Manhattan Arts International, Artist Showcase Gallery Award.Manhattan Arts International, Award of Excellence.The Art Association of Oswego, First Place Award, Financial Award.2015The Art Center of Estes Park, Honorable Mention.Audubon Artists, Michael Engel Audubon Artists Founders Award, Financial Award.Cincinnati Art Club, Best of Mixed Media Award, Financial Award.Gadsden Art Association, Second Place in Mixed Media, Financial Award.East End Arts Gallery, Honorable Mention.Westmoreland Art Nationals, The Painting Award, Financial Award.Greeley Art Association, First Place in Drawing and Mixed Media, Financial Award.National Arts Club, The NAC President's Award, Financial Award.2014Peninsula Art League, Feel Good Free Art Award, Financial Award.Art Institute and Gallery, Best Use of Medium Award, Financial Award.Santa Cruz Art League, Third Place, Financial Award.Red River Valley Museum, State National Bank Award, Financial Award.Gadsden Art Association, First Place, Financial Award.Northwest Area Arts Council, Second Place, Financial Award.Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Board of Directors Award, Financial Award.National Art League, First Place, Financial Award.National Greeley Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention.Art Association of Oswego, Honorable Mention.Colored Pencil Society of America, Creative Arts Materials Caran d'Ache Award for Outstanding Recognition, Financial Award.2013American Artists Professional League, The Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor, Financial Award.Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Second Place.Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, Honorable Mention.Audubon Artists, The Jeffrey Berman Director's Award in Collage or Mixed Media, Financial Award.Art Center of Estes Park, First Place Graphic, Financial Award.Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Honorable Mention, Financial Award.Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Honorable Mention, Financial Award.Westmoreland Art Nationals, Painting Award, Financial Award.The Art Association of Oswego, First Place, Financial Award.International Museum of Art, Curator's Award, Financial Award.Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild, Honorable Mention, Financial Award.

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2012Salmagundi Club, SCNY Award for Mixed Media, Financial Award.American Artists Professional League, Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor, Financial Award.Gadsden Art Association, First Place Award, Financial Award.South Cobb Arts Alliance, Award of Merit, Financial Award.Artists Magazine, Finalist, Portraits/ Figures Category, 29th Annual Art Competition.Red River Valley Museum, Patron Award, Financial Award.National Art League, Dick Blick Award of Merit, Financial Award.Art Association of Harrisburg, Second Place, Financial Award.Academic Artists Association, Graphic Honor Award, Financial Award.The Artist's Magazine Over 60 Competition, Financial Award.North Valley Art League, Best of Show, Financial Award.

2011

Navarro Council of the Arts, Second Place, Financial Award.Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville, Second Place, Financial Award.Red Door Space, Second Place, Financial Award.Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, Award of Merit.National Society of Artists, First Place, Financial Award.The South Cobb Arts Alliance, SCAA Award of Distinction, Financial Award.Art Institute and Gallery, Best in Show, Financial Award.Art Association of Harrisburg, Second Place Other Media, Financial Award.National Art League, Merit Award, Financial Award.Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Honorable Mention.


2010 Conneaut Community Center for the Arts, First Place Drawing, Financial Award.Red River Valley Museum, State National Bank Award, Financial Award.Art Association of Harrisburg, Second Prize in Oil and Acryllic Category, Financial Award.Academy of Fine Arts, Juror's Choice Award, Financial Award.


2009Art League of Long Island, Honorable Mention, Financial Award.Nicolet College Art Gallery, Northern Arts Council, Benefactor Award, Financial Award.Firework Art Exhibit 2009, Conneaut Community Center for the Arts, First Place, Financial Award.Art Association of Harrisburg, First Prize in Prints and Graphics Category, Financial Award.Beaumont Art League, Honorable Mention, Financial Award.


2008Salmagundi Club, SCNY for Mixed Media Award, Financial Award.International Museum of Art of El Paso, Texas, Curator's Choice Award, Financial Award.Cincinnati Art Club, Plaza Artist Materials Award, Financial Award.Audubon Artists, The Art Times Award, Financial Award.Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Financial Award.Roswell Visual Arts Center, Honorable Mention.Salmagundi Club, Honorable Mention.Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Best of Show, Financial Award.Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Honorable Mention.American Academy of Dermatology, First Place.North Valley Art League, Honorable Mention.Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Honorable Mention, Financial Award.  


2007

Atlanta Artists Center, First Place Award, Financial Award.Texas Visual Arts Association, J. Katherine Durbin Memorial Award, Financial Award.San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist, John McKee Memorial Figurative Award, Financial Award.2006National Academy School of Fine Arts, The Edward Mooney Travel Prize for Three Year Certificate Entries, Financial Award.National Academy School of Fine Arts, Still Life Category, Honorable Mention.80 Washington Square East Galleries, 29th Small Works, Juror Award, Financial Award.2005National Art Club, Art Spirit Foundation, Second Prize, Financial Award.2004National Academy School of Fine Arts, Ralph Weiler Mid-Year Prize in Drawing, Financial Award.2003National Academy School of Fine Arts, Ralph Weiler Mid-Year Prize in Drawing, Honorable Mention.



AFFILIATIONS

Elected Artist Member, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY.Elected Member, Audubon Artists, New York, NY.Elected Member, Board of Directors, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, NY.