Artworks of Barbara F. Postel
Art Reviews and Interviews
are no sharp corners in Barbara Postel's oil painting. Everything
flows. From a palette of clear, bold, molten tones and hues,
the surfaces of clouds, rocks, running and failing water are
simplified and separated into tiered planes of color that brings
an awareness of the form's core energy. Postel observes her landscapes
in nature and, using an economy of detail, spatially flattens
their unifying rhythmic patterns to transform them into arbitrary
and forceful compositions, independent of description, and pushed
toward abstraction. Time and again shows her fascination with
water or, particularly, its movement ...... whether cascading
over a fall or its action compressed as
it moves through a labyrinth of stones. Even when painting
rock formations alone, her watery abstractions can be found in
the rendering of their surfaces.
Dark swirls shot through with streaks of light capture her impressions
of a stormy sky; broiling waves of color render her relationship
to rocks and water..."
Barbara is an inventive, creative
and ingenious person ............ combines all these elements
in a bold, geometric and abstract way.
a promising figurative painter. She
can paint anything as expertly as anyone - remarkable........
Bravo! several times for a
splendid group of canvases. You have a
gift for original landscape - structure on abstract form...
Selected by a jury of prominent Artists as an exceptionally gifted young artist........ Stewart Klonis -'68 Art Students League Director
Bridget Wingert - Editor
High on a hill in Point Pleasant Barbara Postel and her husband,
Carlos Guerrero, have built a house and workplace just for themselves,
called Pyramid Studios.
"I used to take pictures as paintings. I have thousands
of photos," Barbara said. "They used to be like notes
to do paintings." But her point of view has changed and
she photographs scenes she will alter digitally.
She can add color and flatten it, try the same color in different
spaces, apply other colors, enhance them or play them down-and
then print. "They're incredible, the colors," she said.
One of the artists favorite paintings, Frozen Waterfall-Ringing Rocks was selected.
Bringing the sky down to Earth
by Sara Daniels
..........and I wasn't one of those kids who used to draw
the sky on top of their paper, In fact, I used to tell the other
children not to do that, but to make the sky come down to the
She began painting rocks in Sicily, climbing with friends up the cliffs to an ancient Greek city that was being excavated in all its rocky splendor.......Sometimes, to get ready for a day of painting, Postel will climb the hill outside her door and with a pick rearrange the giant rocks into a terraced pattern. Not only is it relaxing and a bridge "from the outside world to my inner world of Painting" but it takes her back to her anthropological roots. "I like the feeling that when I'm digging I'm uncovering something no one has ever seen before, something millions of years old. It's autobiographical.
below- from an interview with the artist, , by Joan Jennings, published by the Hunterdon County Democrat, and the Delaware Valley News, New Jersey 6/89.
After her Mother's death when she was
10, her Father remarried and moved to Rhode Island where he became
the manager of a large trucking company.
......in 66 she went to the Art Students League. Two years later she won the Edward G. McDowell Traveling Scholarship, to live and work abraod, with a Solo exhibition on her return to New York City.
From Sicily she went to Paris. "Much too civilized" she says. With no destination in mind she went south. The train pulled into Marseille and felt like a Volcano went through my body, a physical thing that said this is where I want to be.
"to me its very easy to be realistic, but I have to be spontaneous, to react to something.......a spontaneous fusion with my subject, becoming what I paint. I can see sounds and feel rocks, they are a rigid material and yet flexible, thats the way I feel I am. I have to be like the rock of Gibralta to survive, but I have to be flexible so I wont crack."
When she is not painting she is into a new medium, computer art. "Wait till you see this stuff, a whole new world, another set of eyballs. Spending a day with Ms. Postel is like viewing life from the inside of a Kaleidoscope.
below- from a preview of a Solo Exhibition, published by The New Hope Gazette 10/5/89.
To celebrate Point Pleasant's 250th year anniversary,Pyramid
Studio will host a special exhibit of paintings and pastels by
Barbara Postel. This inspirational weekend exhibit is a tribute
to the lush visual imagery of this unique river village. The
river, canal, creeks and
hilllside woods of Point Pleasant are documented in these vibrant,
impressionistic landscapes. Water is the dominant element of
the artist's surroundings and is reflected in her work.Figurative
work of bathers and the Swimming
hole,at the foot of the cliffs by the artist's home,is the subject
of a continuing series that began in 1972.
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