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eBook Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life ePub

by Charley Harper,Todd Oldham

  • ISBN: 1934429376
  • Category: Individual Artists
  • Subcategory: Photo and Art
  • Author: Charley Harper,Todd Oldham
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; Bilingual edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Pages: 424
  • ePub book: 1351 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1956 kb
  • Other: txt lrf doc lrf
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 277


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.

Charley Harper was an American original. For over six decades he painted colorful and graphic illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people alike, from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio until he passed away in 2007 at the age of 84. Renowned New York based designer Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley's work in 2001, and collaborated closely with him in the ensuing years; combing through his extensive archive to edit and design this stunning monograph. This coffee table tome is popularly priced, beautiful tribute to Charley Harper's singular style, which he referred to as Minimal Realism.


tamada tamada
As is Charley Harper - This book is AWESOME. My only beef, and I probably should have looked closer when I ordered it, is that it's very small. I actually saw this book in real life at the library and it was a huge, very cool coffee table book (probably 18"x14") or so, and about an inch thick. VERY cool for his stuff! This is not "small", necessarily (it's like 10x8 or something), but has far less impact than the huge one did. Still cool, but I'd recommend the huge one, if you can handle it! ;)
Asyasya Asyasya
I am a fan and collector of Charley Harper's, and, that being said, this book is truly a beautiful and wonderful representation of his work. Also, I want to say as an owner of the large $200 dollar edition of this book, I have to admit that I like this one better. The big one is really tough to physically handle due to its size and weight. Plus the pages in the big book are matte and really don't do Charley's work justice. This smaller version has glossy pages which allows all the images to really pop off the page. Please note that this version of the book has every single image and page that is in the larger version -- EVERY PAGE. So, buy this for yourself and buy one for a gift...everyone will love this book.
Itiannta Itiannta
I recently discovered Charley Harper through some recently acquired vintage posters. I bought this book on prospect and was excited to pour through the contents. The book does contain lots of his work in full color. However I felt that overall the book was a bit disorganized, messy and not really as educational as I would have hoped.

I found the size of the book to actually work against the contents. Images were hard to see, poorly reproduced and in many cases seem to be a jumble of random of images without much thought given t o the presentation. Had the works been grouped a bit better I might have enjoyed it more.
Brakree Brakree
Todd Oldham has done a great job of paying tribute to an overlooked legend in the business. Many grew up with his illustrations as a child, and there is something simple/childlike about his illustration and complex at the same time.

This is a huge hardback book with no dust cover. The boards are thicker than normal, probably due to the dimensions of the book. The book is 425 pages and the artwork is lavishly reproduced with no printing issues that I notice. Some images are full bleed and it's just a joy to look through.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Conversation with Charley Harper
Betty Crocker's Dinner for Two Cook Book
The Giant Golden Book of Biology
The Animal Kingdom
Ford Times Magazine
Birds & Words
Advertising & Promotions
Mosaic Murals

It's great this was published in his lifetime and this is a wonderful tribute. Highly recommended.
Snowseeker Snowseeker
Charley Harper is a great illustrator to enjoy and learn from. This lower cost edition of the book (the full size edition sells for about $120 on Amazon, discounted from $200) will have to do for the likes of me. But, though small and rather cheaply made, it is a treasure. So, five stars for Harper and Todd Oldham, one star for the publisher. The binding is so cheap that through brand new, it arrived broken. I don't blame Amazon's shipping department for this. Still, those complaints aside, I am happy to have a wide sampling of Mr. Harper's best work.
riki riki
As soon as I saw Harper's wonderful bird illustrations in Audubon magazine, I had to see more of his work. I was pretty taken aback by the price at first, but after previewing the entire book on the AMMO website (see Discussions below), I was more confident with my decision. It looked beautiful in the Flash slideshow and I hoped that it would look just as clear in the printed book. I had some concerns about the paper affecting print quality as the other reviewer mentioned, but I'd read other blogs & reviews from other sites and I'd heard more than enough good things about this volume.

It arrived in a lovely black & white patterned box to protect it during shipping, which is also useful for storage. As far as printing quality goes, it looks very similar to my vintage encyclopedia set from the 1960s - I have a feeling that they chose the matte paper for this reason. Yes, the colors are not as vibrant as the online preview (or the glossy pages of Audubon magazine), and yes, many of the images look like enlarged scans from previously-printed sources. You can see the blown-up halftone and a bit of a blurry edge on many illustrations. The photos of his wonderful mosaics need some color adjustment and look better online.

However, the whites are crisp and the blacks are pure black, and I'm not disappointed (I'm a picky OCD graphic designer too). My favorite aspects of this book are the creative spread layouts, the sketches & "in-progress" material, and the sheer volume & range of works contained in this book. It's an expensive book, but it's a deal when you consider the individual price of prints. In many cases, the prints will be about the same size as these pages anyways!
Cobandis Cobandis
There is nothing wrong with this book; it is really quite nice But, realize you are buying the MINI edition, NOT the 12 lb full format coffee table book. The product description does not make this clear. This item has a retail price of $29.95, but the listing price for this item, when I bought it, was about TWICE retail. Caveat emptor.
This is a pricey book, however, it is the ultimate compilation of the work of an amazing but underappreciated artist. The volume is massive, and browsing through these highly stylized images, one is transported into the artist's world, courtesy of Todd Oldham, who wisely chose a supersized horizontal format to showcase the art. Oldham has created a beautifully packaged and produced homage to Harper that will leave you breathless. Harper's shapes and color sense are magnificent and surprisingly subtle, his economy of line the epitome of modernism, yet there is a human appeal.
This is a treasure trove of inspiration for any visual artist.