Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life

When  I was browsing through Barney’s stellar home department, I had to tear myself away from Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life, By Todd Oldham. 

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The late artist Charley Harper called his work “minimal realism” and with a focus on wildlife, his paintings and illustrations are vibrant depictions of a world you only dreamed about as a child.

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Flipping through the pages is like jumping into a magical universe like the kids in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. With the sense of playfulness and whimsy, it’s fitting one of Harper’s most famed achievements is  illustrating The Golden Book of Biology.

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Todd Oldham, who was a longtime admirer of Harper and released the book just after his death in 2007, captured the imaginative and magnetic appeal of Harper’s work so well when he said:

"I had the giant 'Golden Book of Biology,' which was one of my favorite things I've ever had in my life," reminisced Oldham. "I kind of remember, it was like I crawled into that book. It wasn't like a book in the room. It was this fort, this immersion for me.”

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Visit this site to look at more of Charley’s work or pick up your copy of the coffee table book at amazon at a great discount.

1 comment:

Fabulous Frames and Art said...

Two more Charley Harper books have recently been re-released -- Beguiled by the Wild, which is a smaller coffeetable-type book, and Birds & Words, which pairs his bird illustrations with his funny, punny captions. There is also a new ABC book that collects Harper's various animal images in the familiar ABC format.