If you live or work in downtown Cincinnati, stop by Fabulous Frames & Art at 17 West 4th St. for a rare look at original paintings by the late Modernist artist and illustrator Charley Harper. Some of these paintings have been reproduced as serigraphs, lithographs, giclee prints, or posters, while others were commissions for books or magazines and have never been reproduced elsewhere.
Included in our downtown Cincinnati display are the following originals: Foxsimiles, Blue Jay Patrol, Hawk Mountain, Romance on a Richter Scale, Improbable Pair, A Passel of Possums, Sea Otter, Bladderwort, and Aquatic Food Chain. We also always carry a vast selection of framed and unframed prints by Charley Harper.
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 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.