One need only look at Lumenocity 2014 to understand the prominence Charley Harper enjoys in our art community.
For the uninitiated, Harper was a 20th-century Cincinnati artist whose modernist works have deservedly become iconic both here and around the world.
But you don’t need to have studied the man to understand why his works are the perfect introduction to spring — the bold colors, the natural subjects, the jocose and whimsical subtext.
Here’s the payoff for you and me: You can purchase these lithographs from local art stores. And you should, because they're a great way to express your love for Cincinnati in your home without resorting to skyline photos and busts of Johnny Bench. (Not that there's ever anything wrong with busts of Johnny Bench, but you get the point.)
Why stop at Lithographs, though? Why indeed when you can also get sculptures, apparel, glasses, coasters, jewelry, puzzles, umbrellas, and cell phone cases.
ARTSY FARTSY STUFF
Harper’s works dwell somewhere in the artistic ether between impressionism and nature photography. His paintings are largely impressions of wildlife, rendered with Euclidian precision and vivid colors through the minimalist imagination of their creator. But let's let the man speak for himself:
“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.”
— Charley Harper
WHERE YOU CAN PICK 'EM UP
You can purchase these Charley Harper prints online here or locally from Fabulous Frames and Art. They have four galleries, and their their downtown location is at 17 W. 4th Street. Visit their website here.