9.02.2011

Inspirational Artist: Charley Harper

 I'm not normally a fan of modern art, but I recently discovered the work of Charley Harper. He called his style minimal realism and I love it! It's so geometric, but colorful and whimsical at the same time. It's pretty amazing how well he captures each animal so perfectly with the simplest shapes. I first came across his work via Purl Bee and their needlepoint canvases. His work translates perfectly to needlepoint! Birds were apparently a favorite subject for him:

Early in his career, he illustrated the Biology textbook "The Giant Golden Book of Biology" Can you imagine using this in class? I probably would have liked Biology a lot more, that's for sure!



Another one of my favorites is the "Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two Cookbook". I can't imagine I would get much cooking done, though. I'd probably just get lost in all of the illustrations!





Here are some of my favorite woodland creature pieces. And a kitty, of course. His work feels so mid-century yet so contemporary at the same time.


And finally, I think these chimps might be my favorites!


I hope you enjoyed this quick look at one of my favorite artists! If you would like to see more of his work, check out Charley Harper Prints.

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