Happy First Day of Summer!

Song Sparrow by Charley Harper

Song Sparrow by Charley Harper

Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we are celebrating the first day of summer by sharing with fellow Charley Harper fans a selection of his prints in vibrant, summery colors. These are some of our favorite Harper images as we start watching the temperatures climb up and up for the hot and muggy Cincinnati summer. What are your favorites this time of year?


Homecoming by Charley Harper

Homecoming by Charley Harper

Caribbean Cruisers by Charley Harper

Caribbean Cruisers by Charley Harper

Flamingo A-Go-Go by Charley Harper

Flamingo A-Go-Go by Charley Harper

Cool Carnivore by Charley Harper

Cool Carnivore by Charley Harper

Whooping Crane by Charley Harper

Whooping Crane by Charley Harper

Baffling Belly by Charley Harper

Baffling Belly by Charley Harper

Savoring Sycamore (Yellow Bellied Sapsucker) by Charley Harper

Savoring Sycamore (Yellow Bellied Sapsucker) by Charley Harper

Cottontail in a Cotton Field by Charley Harper

Cottontail in a Cotton Field by Charley Harper

Grand Canyon by Charley Harper

Grand Canyon by Charley Harper

Tall Tail by Charley Harper

Tall Tail by Charley Harper

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. 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.

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.

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