Charley Harper Exhibit at Cornell University

Homecoming by Charley Harper

Homecoming by Charley Harper

Fans of the work of Charley Harper currently have an incredible opportunity to see his work on display at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. Entitled I Count the Wings, Not the Feathers, the art exhibit runs through June 18, 2011.


Fun fact: not long before his death, Charley Harper was commissioned by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to create a painting celebrating the Lab’s relationship with birds. That acrylic painting has been reproduced as a large poster, which is available through Fabulous Frames & Art:

We Think The World Of Birds poster by Charley Harper

Here is a photo of Charley in his studio, working on this painting:

Charley Harper painting We Think the World of Birds

The Cornell Lab’s logo is also inspired by his work:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology logo

Charley Harper was born in Frenchton, West Virginia in 1922, and studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he met his wife, the artist Edie Harper. 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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2 thoughts on “Charley Harper Exhibit at Cornell University

  1. I love both the work of Charley Harper and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I’m so happy to have discovered your blog today. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do to catch up

  2. Thanks so much for your kind words, Diana. We’re all huge fans of Charley’s work and regularly share Harper news and events on this blog, as well as information about the other artist whose work we carry. We hope you’ll stop back by!

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