Charley Harper 🐸🌿🐿🐌🐞🐱🌿

Continuing with our Cincinnati theme, this month we discussed a more recent Cincinnati artist, Charley Harper. Charley Harper’s work was highly influenced by his upbringing on his family farm. He took inspiration through wildlife and nature that he would encounter while wandering through the woods; many of his pieces can be found in nature-inspired organizations, such as, The Cincinnati Zoo, The National Parks System, Cincinnati Nature Center, the Hamilton County Park District, and the Everglades National Park.

We talked about Charley Harper’s style which he called “minimal realism,” and when asked to describe his style he 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 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 the painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.”



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