Gift Rapt

$49.00

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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‘Tis the night before the Big Opening, and you hear such a clatter, you run to the window to see what’s the matter. It’s paws, not Claus, and they didn’t come to admire your gift wrapping—they’re all wrapped up in their anticipation of your gifts. This night you’ll be more generous than generic (no discounted dogfood): a few fancy cookies, the fruit cake you didn’t like anyway, the stale nuts and those fabulous chocolate cookies that would make you sick if you ate all of them. Happy Holidays to the Raccoon Family!
-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.