Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we spend a lot of time marveling at the wonderful work of Charley Harper, whose work we are proud to carry in our Cincinnati-area galleries. His Ford Times prints are among his oldest and most collectible works, and today we’d like to share some of our favorites, including birds, fish, and road trip destinations. Harper fans, what’s your favorite?
Above and below is a selection of Charley’s incredible bird prints:
Below, a few of Harper’s fish serigraphs:
And, of course, some examples from Charley’s beloved “horseless carriage adventures” series depicting road trip destinations:
Charley Harper was born in Frenchton, West Virginia and came to Cincinnati to attend the Art Academy. During his long and distinguished career, he illustrated numerous books, most notably The Golden Book of Biology and Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Two, magazines such as Ford Times, as well as many prints, posters, murals, and other works. Harper’s 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 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.