Charles Harper

Charley Harper was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist.  He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations.  Born in Frenchtown, West Virginia in 1922, Harper’s upbringing on his family farm influenced his work to his last days.

During his career, Charles Harper illustrated numerous books, notably The Golden Book of Biology, magazines such as Ford Times, as well as many prints, posters, and other works.  In a style he called “minimal realism”, Charley Harper captures the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements.  He contrasted his nature-oriented artwork with the realism of John James Audubon, drawing influence from Cubism, Minimalism, Einsteinian physics and countless other developments in Modern art and science.  His style distilled and simplified complex organisms and natural subjects, yet they are often arranged in a complex fashion.

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