Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we have long known that designer Todd Oldham is a major fan of Charley Harper‘s artwork. After all, he wrote An Illustrated Life, the definitive book of Charley’s life and work. Still, seeing these photos of Todd’s Harper collection is his weekend home in rural Pennsylvania wowed us!
Above is a photo of the “art room” in the house, which features boldly striped walls and bright artwork that includes assorted Harper posters and prints. We spot a few Ford Times serigraphs. We love that the picture ledges allow for quickly changing the art arrangement around. It keeps the wall display really informal, which is perfect in a weekend getaway.
Below is the house’s exterior. Wow, it really is a treehouse!
The open and light-filled living room includes a sectional and ottoman that Todd designed for Laz-Boy using Charley’s distinctive imagery on the upholstery. The grid of 24 Ford Times prints takes our breath away! Some of these prints are extremely rare, so we envy the fact that Oldham gets to see these charming images every day.
Charley Harper was born in Frenchton, West Virginia 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.
Harper’s work focused on the natural environment, and he often created works for nature-based organizations, among them the Audubon Society, National Park Service, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Nature Center, Hamilton County, Ohio Park District, and the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania.
Charley 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.