Cardinal Courtship


2’ x 3’. Natural coir with printed design. Made in India. Do not keep door mats in a wet place for a long period of time.

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As winter wanes, two romantic redbirds seal the deal with a sunflower seed as they form a partnership that will keep them busy through the summer, a bond that will yield handsome dividends for us all. With three broods yearly, they can produce a dozen of their kind, a 600% return. Add fine feathers, musical talent, and good family values—no wonder the cardinal interest rate continues to soar. Like to get in on the cardinal consortium? Put a birdfeeder in your backyard. You did? Congratulations! You are one smart investor.
-Charley Harper

Charley Harper had an alternative way of looking at nature. His serigraphs were large expanses of rich color, which gave the viewer a very different perspective on the animal kingdom. A conservationist, as well as an artist, Harper revealed the unique aspects of his wildlife subjects through highly stylized geometric reduction which he coined “minimal realism.” There was a rare and delightful playfulness in Harper’s artwork. There was also a graphic genius. Harper said, “When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see feathers, fur, scapulars, or tail coverts—none of that. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior, and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting: in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe. Wildlife art has been dominated by realism, but I have chosen to do it differently because I think flat, hard-edged, and simple.” Charley Harper’s unique minimalist approach is unmistakable.