artist love: charley harper


I am head over heels for Charley Harper's illustrations. (He has lots of great ones, but today I'm focusing on the Holiday-themed ones....)

Harper (1922-2007) was a Cincinnati based artist who illustrated lots of books and magazines, but he is probably most recognized for his nature-inspired work for parks and zoos. Unlike realistic wildlife art, his is flat, simple and fun. I love his modern take on nature and how geometric his work is.

He was once asked to describe his unique visual style, his response: "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."

Isn't his work wonderful? Makes me all warm and happy. Such a great source of inspiration!

Source | Charley Harper


  1. Totally LOVE! Thank you for the intro! Its got a fifties feel to it which is what I am drawn to about it:) Have a great week friend!

  2. Oh I DO love his work! Thank you for sharing it!

  3. I love Charley Harper!! That illustration of the raccoons drooling over the pile of presents is hilarious!

    1. I know! Isn't it cute?!

      Also love the Christmas tree one... love the simplicity!

  4. These are so fun! I love how colorful & happy they are. The purple angel is my fave.

  5. Really love them, thanks for the tip!


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