Living with Charley Harper Artwork

the home of Amy Sedaris in Manhattan

the home of Amy Sedaris in Manhattan

Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we love the work of Charley Harper! In fact, we are the world’s largest dealer in Harper’s Minimal Realism, including Charley’s books, serigraphs, lithographs, giclee prints, and posters. Today, let’s take a look at how people integrate Charley’s bright and whimsical artwork into their homes.


Above is a photo of two Ford Times serigraphs in the fabulously quirky Manhattan home of actress Amy Sedaris; see more of her home on Design*Sponge.

Below is a set of six Ford Times serigraphs of birds in the bedroom of designers John and Conn. For more photos of their “off the grid” Hawai’i home, see their home tour on Design*Sponge.

the home of John and Conn in Hawai'i

the home of John and Conn in Hawai'i

Eleanor Grosch of Push Me Pull You Design is a talented designer and illustrator whose work is very much influenced by Charley Harper. Check out her studio blog for sneak peeks into her latest projects! More photos of Eleanor’s Philadelphia home can be seen on Design*Sponge.

the home of Eleanor in Philadelphia

the home of Eleanor in Philadelphia

the home of Eleanor in Philadelphia

the home of Eleanor in Philadelphia

Below is a grouping of a Ford Times serigraph, Birdie lithograph, and the serigraph Redbirds & Redbuds all hung together. See more photos of the home of mamachilangasf on Flickr.

the home of mamachilangasf

the home of mamachilangasf

Below, a framed Shadow Dancers serigraph really packs a graphic wallop in the Modern home of Kim and Jeff. See the complete tour of their home in the Bronx on Design*Sponge.

the home of Kim and Jeff in the Bronx

the home of Kim and Jeff in the Bronx

Below, a photo of the serigraph Cottontail in a Cotton Field in Tula’s Los Angeles home; check out more awesome eye candy on her blog, Whorange.

the home of Tula in Los Angeles

the home of Tula in Los Angeles

Here is the same serigraph, this time in the Cincinnati live/work loft of Maya and Michael of VisuaLingual. See more photos of their home on Flickr, their home tour on Apartment Therapy, and their studio blog for more of what inspires their own work.

the home of Maya and Michael in Cincinnati

the home of Maya and Michael in Cincinnati

the home of Maya and Michael in Cincinnati

the home of Maya and Michael in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Modern is an excellent blog that chronicles Cincinnati-area architecture, and it’s maintained by Susan and Arlen, whose own Mid Century Modern home features a gorgeous grouping of Harper’s limited-edition serigraphs, including Bittern Suite, The Last Sunflower Seed, Serengeti Spaghetti, Homebody (Box Turtle), and Early Risers, plus three rare serigraphs from Charley’s early Ford Times era — Black-Capped Chickadee, Praying Mantis with Yellow Bug, and Muskellunge:

the home of Susan and Arlen in Cincinnati

the home of Susan and Arlen in Cincinnati

In Susan and Arlen’s neutral bedroom, we see the serigraphs Skipping School and Dolfun:

the home of Susan and Arlen in Cincinnati

the home of Susan and Arlen in Cincinnati

Here we see Web of Life, a limited-edition lithograph print of Charley’s mural design for Miami University. See the complete tour of Lauren and Joey’s Orlando home on Design*Sponge.

the home of Lauren and Joey in Orlando

the home of Lauren and Joey in Orlando

Below is a wonderfully eclectic grouping of framed artwork that includes Charley’ beloved serigraph B-r-r-r-r-rthday. Check out more photos of the home of jksponz on Flickr.

the home of jksponz

the home of jksponz

Living with Charley Harper artwork doesn’t have to be expensive! Here is a charming bathroom in neutral tones that gets a punch of color from Charley’s bright, economically priced poster for the Michigan Audubon Society. More photos of Jean’s home in Portland, OR can be seen on Design*Sponge.

the home of Jean in Portland

the home of Jean in Portland

Here are two more examples of Charley’s posters brightening up an otherwise neutral space. See more of the Brussels home of Fat Cat on Flickr, and also check out the Fat Cat blog.

the home of Fat Cat in Brussels

the home of Fat Cat in Brussels

the home of Fat Cat in Brussels

the home of Fat Cat in Brussels

Todd Oldham is a well-known designer and a staunch supporter of Charley’s work, so it’s no surprise that his retreat in rural Pennsylvania is filled with Harpers, including the same Harper Harper Harper poster seen above, and also an amazing grouping of Charley’s Ford Times prints. See more photos of Oldham’s weekend home, as well as some of his high-profile interior design projects, at ARCH 1015.

the house of Todd Oldham in rural Pennsylvania

the house of Todd Oldham in rural Pennsylvania

the house of Todd Oldham in rural Pennsylvania

the house of Todd Oldham in rural Pennsylvania

Talented NYC-based designer Dan Funderburgh keeps an unframed Harper poster entitled The Alpine Northwest in his apartment. This large-format poster is one of a series of ten done by Charley for the United States Department of the Interior. Each poster highlights the flora and fauna of a specific National Park. For more photos of Dan’s Brooklyn home, check out Design*Sponge.

the home of Dan in Brooklyn

the home of Dan in Brooklyn

Charley Harper was born in Frenchton, West Virginia and studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he met his wife Edie. During his long and distinguished career, he illustrated numerous books, including The Golden Book of Biology, magazines such as Ford Times, as well as many prints, posters, murals, and other works. His work focused on the natural environment, and Harper often created works for nature-based organizations, among them the National Park Service; Cincinnati Zoo; Cincinnati Nature Center; Hamilton County, Ohio Park District; and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania.

Harper was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. He called his style “minimal realism,” capturing the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. Using graphic shapes and bold colors, Harper distilled and simplified complex elements. His nature-oriented artwork is often contrasted with the realism of John James Audubon and the simplicity found in Inuit Art.

Cincinnati-based Fabulous Frames & Art is a family-owned business and the world’s largest dealer in the work of Charley Harper, including his books, serigraphs, lithographs, giclee prints, and posters. We are proud to also carry work by Charley’s wife Edie Harper and their son Brett Harper.

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