Michelle Post was born in Trenton, NJ, completed high school in Pompano Beach, FL, returned north and has lived and worked in New Jersey since. Post recollects her involvement with the visual arts began before 5th grade and continues to this day to be the principle path she follows.
School and innate ability aside, Michelle has learned by seeking out and associating with those whose knowledge and expertise she needs to further and expand her artistic prowess. In 1976 she apprenticed with printmaker Stefan Martin of Roosevelt, NJ to learn the intricate and highly detailed technique of wood engraving. This relief type of printmaking was the major form of illustrative reproduction for virtually every book, newspaper and magazine prior to the turn of the 19th Century. With the new century, improvements in the half-tone process rendered this kind of reproductive engraving obsolete and wood engraving was left free to develop as a creative form in its own right by studio artists including Leonard Baskin, Lynd Ward, Fritz Eichenberg and Rockwell Kent.
Through her association with Stefan, she came into contact with a group of prominent contemporary artists who were also located in Rooselvelt; Ben Shahn’s legacy(1868-1969), Bernarda Shahn, David Stone Martin, Jacob Landau and Gregorio Prestopino. This was an expansive learning experience, and in essence, she became one of the next-generation Roosevelt artist to carry on the tradition.
In Post’s world, one thing leads to another. Drawing led to painting which led to printmaking which led her to sculpture. In 1986 Post joined the ranks of the many gifted and skilled artists at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture where her sculptural talents were realized and became the main focus of her subsequent work. Other employment within the field includes jobs as a painter/decorator at three of Trenton’s art porcelain studios (Boehm, Cybis and Ispanky), plus custom framing and photo silkscreen. She ran her own clothing design/dressmaking business and an ornamental, cast bronze nautical hardware design and production company (Highwater Bronze).
Her education in the arts has been formed by associations with admired sculptors, photographers, printmakers, painters, dressmakers, designers, craftsmen, writers, sign makers, and a variety of cantankerous beings she has met in her journeys in this world.
'Buckaroo' at the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS)
Announcing the debut of Post Porcelain Designs Etsy Store
NJ.com's 30 Best Restaurants of NJ 2016
In the spring of 2016, for $10 a night, guests in Chicago could stay in an Airbnb replica of Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom. The interactive experience was championed by the Art Institute of Chicago and was part of the exhibit "Van Gogh's Bedrooms." In New Jersey, we've been doing this kind of thing for years, long before they called it an interactive experience. Rat's Restaurant was modeled on France's Giverny, and guests immediately feel as though they've stepped into a Claude Monet painting. In summer, the patio is popular — all those flowers, the lily pond, the waterfall, the bridge. In winter, the whimsical, art-filled dining room is equally inviting. The menu is country French (mussels, charcuterie, trout meunière, plus traditional accompaniments such as pomme puree, buerre blanc, Bordelaise). The restaurant is part of the Stephen Starr group of Philadelphia and the chef is Scott Swiderski, who came from Starr's famed Buddakan. Rat's is part of the unique Grounds For Sculpture, 42 acres featuring the work of well-known and emerging artists, the vision of artist Seward Johnson (of the Johnson & Johnson family). A stroll of the property completes the interactive experience. We are intrigued by The Oligarchs, by Michelle Post, a collection of busts meant to convey the generically wealthy, the robber barons and the industrial magnates who defined, in many ways, America. And the minimalist Floating Arrangement, a pair of human-like forms by Joseph Howard, which seem remarkably abundant in their incompleteness.
TV INTERVIEW WITH BILL HORIN OF ARTC ON SNJ TODAY
GRAND OPENING OF ONLINE STORE: POST WOOD ENGRAVING
SALE AND INSTALLATION OF TRONIE IN CHARLESTON
I am pleased to announce the sale and installation of tronie "Stanley" to Gordon and Louise Strauss of Charleston, SC. Cast in aluminum and painted to reflect ancient, weathered stone, he is installed poolside with all new hardscaping to accommodate his presence.
COMMISSION AT GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE
"The Oligarchs", a permanent installation at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. The 10 Tronies are cast in aluminum, painted and installed around the Greek Amphitheater.
"The Oligarchs" are currently on view at the Grounds For Sculpture.
Visit the Grounds For Sculpture at www.groundsforsculpture.org
RADIO INTERVIEW WITH BILL HORIN OF ARTC
INTERVIEW WITH ROBERTA FALLON OF ARTBLOG, PHILADELPHIA