Are you searching for the perfect gift for the budding young Charley Harper fan? Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we’d like to show you some fun gifts for kids, all featuring the unmistakable work of this beloved Modern artist and naturalist.
Above, the sturdy peg puzzle is perfect for small children. Below, the memory game challenges kids to identify matching pairs of images.
We’ve got A-B-C and 1-2-3 books as well, featuring durable pages and bindings, which are fun and functional teaching aids for kids.
The set of nesting blocks is another way to learn the alphabet with the help of Harper’s charming birds and animals.
The set of flash cards also provides alphabet practice.
The two Harper coloring books features black and white versions of many of his famous prints, ready for your child to color in as desired!
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.