Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we have to remind Cincinnati-area art enthusiasts that this week is your last chance to see Charley Harper: Unseen Originals, at Cincinnati’s own Phyllis Weston Gallery, located at 2005 1/2 Madison Rd. in the charming neighborhood of O’Bryonville.
Charley Harper: Unseen Originals is a major exhibition of original paintings, hand selected watercolors, collages, and signed prints by internationally renowned Cincinnati artist Charley Harper. The exhibition closes August 28, 2010.
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.