Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we are the world’s largest dealer in the artwork of Charley Harper, but today we have news about a new Harper work that we are not selling: an iPhone and Android app for kids entitled Peekaboo Forest, which features the unmistakable Modernism of this late, great artist.
The premise of the app is that animals hide and reveal themselves as the seasons pass, delighting young kids with their sounds, music, and a choice of two audio tracks — a sweet childlike voice or the more articulate tone of an adult, in your choice of English or Spanish. Tapping lightly on the smart phone controls the animal’s motions. Created by Night & Day Studios, the app is for sale on iTunes; we came across this tidbit on Cool Hunting.
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. Harper’s work focused on the natural environment, and he often created works for nature-based organizations, among them the National Park Service, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Nature Center, Hamilton County, Ohio Park District, and the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania.
Charley 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.