Cheeky Chippy


Printed vinyl with a cushioned back. Made in the USA.
3′ x 4’6′


“Mumps? Nope, just a jaw full of sunflower seeds. The chipmunk is like anybody with a garden – you eat what you can and what you can’t eat you can. From summer’s cornucopia he collects compulsively, storing goodies wall-to-wall in his bedroom just below the frost line, then sacks in the snacks through the winter, eating bed in breakfast. Out for a breath of fresh air, he checks under the bird feeder to con what he can con.” –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.