Charley Harper at 20th Century Cincinnati

Provocative Plumage by Charley Harper

Provocative Plumage by Charley Harper

Cincinnati-area lovers of Modern design: this weekend (Feb 26-27) is 20th Century Cincinnati, an annual retrospective of the forward looking design trends introduced between the First World War and the Computer Age. As the world’s largest dealer in the work of Charley Harper, Fabulous Frames & Art will have a booth at the event, filled with prints and other merchandise. See you there!


Homecoming by Charley Harper

Homecoming by Charley Harper

Cornprone by Charley Harper

Cornprone by Charley Harper

Pier Group by Charley Harper

Pier Group by Charley Harper

New York Harbor by Charley Harper

New York Harbor by Charley Harper

Birdfeeders by Charley Harper

Birdfeeders by Charley Harper

Jumbrella by Charley Harper

Jumbrella by Charley Harper

Whooping Crane by Charley Harper

Whooping Crane by Charley Harper

Watermelon Moon by Charley Harper

Watermelon Moon by Charley Harper

Red and Fed by Charley Harper

Red and Fed by Charley Harper

Ladybug Lovers by Charley Harper

Ladybug Lovers by Charley Harper

Grand Canyon by Charley Harper

Grand Canyon by Charley Harper

Beetle Battle by Charley Harper

Beetle Battle by Charley Harper

Cottontail in a Cotton Field by Charley Harper

Cottontail in a Cotton Field by Charley Harper

Wood Ibis by Charley Harper

Wood Ibis by Charley Harper

Round Robin by Charley Harper

Round Robin by Charley Harper

Lovey Dovey by Charley Harper

Lovey Dovey by Charley Harper

Antypasto (Pileated Woodpecker) by Charley Harper

Antypasto (Pileated Woodpecker) 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 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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