Charley Harper at Dwell on Design

Frog Eat Frog by Charley Harper

Frog Eat Frog by Charley Harper

As always, the work of the late, great Modern artist Charley Harper will be on display at the annual Dwell on Design, taking place in Los Angeles, June 24-26, 2011. This is the largest design event on the West Coast, not to be missed by any lover of Modernism!


Gregarious Grosbeaks by Charley Harper

Gregarious Grosbeaks by Charley Harper

Claws by Charley Harper

Claws by Charley Harper


Ladybugs Hybernating by Charley Harper

Ladybugs Hybernating by Charley Harper

Birds of a Feather by Charley Harper

Birds of a Feather by Charley Harper

Cornprone by Charley Harper

Cornprone by Charley Harper

Better Mousetrap by Charley Harper

Better Mousetrap by Charley Harper

Wedding Feast by Charley Harper

Wedding Feast by Charley Harper

Baffling Belly by Charley Harper

Baffling Belly by Charley Harper

Honey Bunny by Charley Harper

Honey Bunny by Charley Harper

Family Owlbum by Charley Harper

Family Owlbum by Charley Harper

Charley Harper was born in Frenchton, West Virginia in 1922 and came to Cincinnati to attend the Art Academy, where he met his wife, the artist Edie Harper. 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. Other artists we represent include John Ruthven, G. Harvey, John Stobart, Mort Kunstler, Michael Blaser, and Charles Frace, among many others.

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