Owl Prints by Charley Harper

Better Mousetrap by Charley Harper

Better Mousetrap by Charley Harper

It may seem strange, but owls have been a really popular motif in interior design for the past few days. Why? At Fabulous Frames & Art, we’re not sure of the reason, but we have some incredible owl prints by the Modern Minimalist Charley Harper that we’re going to show you today.


Charley is well known for his depictions of birds, and especially cardinals, but we think these owl prints are particularly whimsical. Do you have a favorite among them?

Hexit by Charley Harper

Hexit by Charley Harper

Family Owlbum by Charley Harper

Family Owlbum by Charley Harper

Owltercation by Charley Harper

Owltercation by Charley Harper

Vowlentine by Charley Harper

Vowlentine by Charley Harper

Omniscent Owl by Charley Harper

Omniscent Owl by Charley Harper

Twowls by Charley Harper

Twowls by Charley Harper

Owl on the Prowl by Charley Harper

Owl on the Prowl by Charley Harper

Burrowing Owl by Charley Harper

Burrowing Owl by Charley Harper

Barn Owl by Charley Harper

Barn Owl by Charley Harper

Birdie by Charley Harper

Birdie by Charley Harper

Snowy Owl by Charley Harper

Snowy Owl by Charley Harper

Pfwhoooo! by Charley Harper

Pfwhoooo! by Charley Harper

Howlloween by Charley Harper

Howlloween by Charley Harper

Charley Harper was born in Frenchton, West Virginia in 1922, 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. 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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