Charley Harper

Charley Harper, born in 1922, was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters, and book illustrations. In a style he called “minimal realism”, Charley captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. When asked to describe his unique visual style, Charley responded: 

“When I look at a wildlife or natural subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. 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 word of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.”

Charley Harper designs and works with Birch Organic Fabrics who provide an environmentally friendly cotton alternative to the quilting and crafting community. Their fabric is produced from 100% organic cotton and printed with low impact dye.  Birch Fabrics is devoted to the highest quality of organic cotton fabrics in the marketplace, with a strong yet whimsical design perspective.