Architect · Painter · Sculptor
Born January 17, 1938, New York, New York
Died March 6, 2018, Point Pleasant, PA
Nature is the source of my continued inspiration and changing sensory perceptions. Esthetic beauty in all forms, has always emotionally touched me and I express with paint what I cannot with words, always exploring and searching for a new vision.
Barbara Postel was a painter, a sculptor, a performance artist, and a writer. In her painting, she depicts natural forms through abstract techniques. Using bold and vibrant colors, she transforms ordinary forms into evocative images. Postel's well-known Pyramid Studio, designed and built by the artist, serves as a studio, exhibition space, and performance space. With its pyramid shaped roof line, geometrical platforms, pivoting walls and large windows, the studio was designed with strong contrasts in light and design.
In 1968, Postel was the recipient of the McDowell Traveling Scholarship, which allowed her to continue her studies in Europe as well as Tunisia and Algeria. She has received many local awards as well as Merit Scholarships from the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design. Postel's Delaware River landscapes are published in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists and the 1990 Woman Artists Datebook.
Barbara Postel in her studio, photo courtesy of the artist, James A. Michener Art Museum library