Monday, March 31, 2014

In Focus : Harper Bird Sculptures

Charley Harper's name has become synonymous with images of nature interpreted in simple, geometric, architecturally-inspired forms.  These iconic wildlife illustrations use his self proclaimed "minimal realism" style; “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."

Harper fans will love these three-dimensional realizations of his most recognizable images; inspired by illustrations in his classic book, Charles Harper's Birds and Words.  Beautifully handmade of white cheesewood and iron, they capture his unique, lighthearted interpretations of our feathered friends. 

Read more about his history and artistic journey in this 1968 letter written in response to a question from Frame House Gallery co-founder Wood Hannah, Sr.

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