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.
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