It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we at Fabulous Frames & Art are celebrating by sharing with you one of Charley Harper‘s most charming lithographs, Double Lucky. It really exemplifies “the luck of the Irish,” don’t you think?
Charley Harper was born in Frenchton, West Virginia 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.
Harper’s work focused on the natural environment, and he often created works for nature-based organizations, among them the Audubon Society, 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.