Thursday, March 25, 2010

Inspiration: Charley Harper

Gallinule and Gator

While looking for a calendar in January, I came across one featuring the art of Charley Harper. I was immediately captivated & dropped all the other calendars I had been considering.
Red-Eyed Vireos

I love the clean, geometric designs & vibrant colours. I like the careful selection & controlled use of colour - the hard, straight lines contrasted with the softer clouds.
Western Tanager

His animals are charming (well, most of the time) - I especially love his birds.
Catnip

Many of his titles are a play on the subject - like this poor kitty losing some fur to a mischievous bird.
Shadow Dancers (Water Striders)

I find his work surprisingly realistic in its minimalistic style. The repetitive use of simple shapes is particularly pleasing.
Flamingo

Find out more about Charley Harper on his website, blog or Wikipedia. There's also an online shop here & another site to view original work. I ordered this book (An Illustrated Life) for myself (can't wait to get it) & I really want this poster...

3 comments:

nikid said...

WOW! Awesome art!

Rebekah said...

Really cool! I agree - the colors are great! Thanks for sharing!

OKbookwoman said...

He's always been a favorite artist of mine. From a birdwatcher's point-of-view...he's amazing! The birds are all recognizable!!! I'm in the process of trying to make a Charley Harper inspired faux stained-glass window. Hope it turns out!