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Charley Harper is an artist with a very unique style he calls "minimal realism". The author Todd Oldham only discovered Charley Harper's work in 2001. Since then, he has been collecting all the work he has ever published.
Charley Harper is an artist with a very unique style he calls "minimal realism". He's able to capture the essence of his subjects with minimal visual elements. The painting of birds caught my attention with the clean smooth lines which resembles vector work. His colour choices are from observation in life and the resulting image is always bold and striking. The result is this impressive 424-page book that collects work that span the entire career of Charley Harper. It includes the commissions he done for Ford Motors, schools, advertising agencies, etc.
Charley Harper (August 4, 1922 – June 10, 2007) was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. Born in Frenchton, West Virginia in 1922, Harper's upbringing on his family farm influenced his work to his last days. He left his farm home to study art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and won the academy's first Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship
In 2001, New York based designer Todd Oldham - a legend in his own right - rediscovered Charley’s work .
When Charley passed away in 2007 at the age of 84, Oldham went on to publish Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life - a magnificent coffee table tome full of illustrations in Harper’s unique self-described minimal realism. The book is massive tribute to Harper’s work - literally.
Charley Harper was an American original
Charley Harper was an American original.
Charley Harper (author), Todd Oldham (author). Charles Harper's Birds and Words. Hardback Published: 10/04/2012.
Charley Harper is an American original. At 84, Charley continues to make art in his studio in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is beloved for his delightful, graphic and often humorous illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people alike
Charley Harper is an American original. He is beloved for his delightful, graphic and often humorous illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people alike. Minimal realism, he calls it, and his unique and precise style continues to resonate and inspire his admirers.
Pages from the book Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham. Taken on August 24, 2009.