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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Charley Harper 1922 – 2007




I wanted to recognize the passing of Charley Harper, one of the preeminent Mid-Century Modernist designers. Harper’s work was a fantastic mix of minimalism, whimsy and technical skill; he gained international fame for his depictions of birds, nature and an assortment of various insects and animals.

I am certainly thankful I was able to attend the opening of Graphic Content several months ago at the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati. It was a great exhibition that featured the fascinating and truly engaging work of Charley Harper, and in retrospect, was a worthy tribute to an immensely talented designer.

Todd Oldham recently completed a 440-page hardcover book containing Charley’s life’s work, the book is due to be released any day, and can be purchased for $200. There are also a small number of limited edition signed books, which also include a Harper print; these can be purchased for $400.

Charley Harper will certainly be missed.

  • Charley Harper Prints

  • A short video on Harper, as he shows how to draw a cardinal (Cincinnati Enquirer)

  • Charley Harper An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham
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