The late Modern artist Charley Harper is probably best known for his prints of birds, and especially cardinals. A devoted environmentalist, he also created a series of 10 gorgeous, large-format posters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, which are available through Fabulous Frames & Art. Let’s take a look at these detailed posters right now, each one depicting the flora and fauna of a specific National Park.
Born in Frenchton, West Virginia in 1922, Charley Harper studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he met his wife and fellow 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.
Looking for Charley’s prints, posters, books and other merchandise? 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. Other artists we represent include John Ruthven, G. Harvey, John Stobart, Mort Kunstler, Michael Blaser, and Charles Frace, and many others.