Charley Harper at Dwell on Design 2010

Vigilant Vireos by Charley Harper

Vigilant Vireos by Charley Harper

Once again, Fabulous Frames & Art is going to be one of the exhibitors at the annual Dwell on Design show taking place in Los Angeles June 25-27 2010, with a selection of Charley Harper’s uniquely Modern prints, including some brand-new releases. From his groundbreaking mid-century illustrations for Ford Times Magazine and The Golden Book of Biology, to his impeccably composed posters for the National Parks and other wildlife organizations, and his whimsical serigraphs and giclee prints, Charley Harper’s art is a beloved global treasure and an inspiration to an entire generation of collectors, artists, and designers.


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.

Racc'n'Ruin by Charley Harper

Racc'n'Ruin by Charley Harper

Birdfeeders by Charley Harper

Birdfeeders by Charley Harper

Bye Bye Steamer by Charley Harper

Bye Bye Steamer by Charley Harper

Good Lovin and Turtle Dovin by Charley Harper

Good Lovin and Turtle Dovin by Charley Harper

Irish Setter by Charley Harper

Irish Setter by Charley Harper

Poison Dart Frog by Charley Harper

Poison Dart Frog by Charley Harper

Bittern Suite by Charley Harper

Bittern Suite by Charley Harper

Paradise Pals by Charley Harper

Paradise Pals by Charley Harper

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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