Charley Harper Birds

Charley Harper


In a style he called “minimal realism”, Charley Harper captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visuals elements.  When asked to describe his unique visual style, Charley responded:

When I look at a wildlife or nature 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 of 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 and ordered universe. 

The result are bold, colorful, and often whimsical. The designer Todd Oldham, wrote of Harper, “Charley’s inspired yet accurate color sense is undeniable, and when combined with the precision he exacts on rendering only the most important details one is always left with a sense of awe.” 

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