Cincinnati wildlife artist Charley Harper passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2007 . Charley was born in West Virginia in 1922 . He graduated from, and taught art at, the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he met wife, Edie, also an artist . The two married in 1947 after graduating . In the 1950's Harper gained acclaim as a commercial illustrator with " The Golden Book of Biology " and " Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two cookbook ." Over the ensuing two decades he contributed to the Ford Motor Company's magazine, Ford Times . The response to this work was so positive, it led to his silkscreen print business reproducing those images . Charley's paintings have appeared in nature - oriented magazines and on posters for many conservation - minded organizations, among them the National Park Service, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Nature Center, Hamilton County ( Ohio ) Park District, the Michigan Audubon Society, and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania . Besides " The Golden Book of Biology " he has illustrated " The Animal Kingdom " , Birds & Words " ; and " Beguiled by the Wild; The Art of Charley Harper ." Charley has designed over 50 " bio " posters for non - profit conservation groups, nature centers and zoos, United States national parks and monuments, and international wildlife sanctuaries and biosphere preserves . One of the first federally commissioned posters was the ecology of Glacier Bay National Park in the 1960's . He also designed interpretive displays for Everglades National Park . He had produced more than 100 limited - edition silk - screen prints . Charles Harper
Charley's Story, as Told by Himself When I am asked why I draw the way I do my answer is, " Because I was bugged by happy housewives ." I say this half in jest, but in retracing my path as an artist I find that this answer best describes an important turning point that directed me toward what I now feel is the work I do best - nature illustration . But I'm way ahead of my story . .
It began in a small town in central West Virginia, the town of Frenchton, where I was born in 1922 and, at a tender age, fell out of a second story window onto a tree stump . I emerged apparently whole from this experience, and it was not until several years later that my parents began to ask themselves if I had indeed escaped unscathed : I announced that I wanted to become an artist
Books Featuring the Art of Charley Harper BEGUILED BY THE WILD A fantastic coffe - table style book representing over 125 plates . These images span Charley Harper's 60-year illustrious career . Mammals, Birds, Insects and other subjects grace the pages of this chronicle of Charley's life work . Humorous word - play captions or puns accompany each image lending a glimpse into the fascinating world of nature in a humorous fashion .
Games & Other Items Featuring the Art of Charley Harper
Stationery & Calendars Featuring the Art of Charley Harper 2010 Charley Harper Engagement Calendar
In a style he called "minimal realism", Charley Harper captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. I n 2003, the Sharonville Fine Arts Council awarded Harper a Lifetime Achievement Award.