Sub-Genre: Individual Artists
Street Date: September 1, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-9114
"The never-before-published animal illustrations are so graphic, they're perfectly suited to this large format book. What I really love about Harper's work is that the animals retain their integrity: They don't all look like cartoon animals and don't have an ounce of Disney-esque cuteness. It's an exuberant tribute to an exuberant artist, and a lovely antidote to a gray winter day." "Home Design with Kevin Sharkey, MarthaStewart.com"
"Beyond iconizing America's wildlife, Harper's style was fundamental in the formation of contemporary graphic design, promoting 'minimal realism' that relies on basic geometric forms and crisp lines. His sense for color shines in this high quality printing from Ammo, and the exaggerated scale shows off Harper's eye for detail." "Cool Hunting"
"If you think you've seen the work of Charley Harper, then Todd Oldham's new compendium of more than 300 previously unseen animal illustrations will be a breath of fresh fauna." "Herman Miller""The artist, based in Cincinnati, began his career around 1950. In an endearing style he called minimal realism, he caricatured and simplified flora and fauna and sometimes humans for magazines, posters and books. Though for decades he enjoyed a following among art collectors as well as commissioning art directors, his fame really blew up when he collaborated with designer Todd Oldham in the early 2000s." "Wall Street Journal"
"Large, heavy, glossy pages house hundreds of animals in beautiful reproductions spanning the artist s career. Animals are pared down to their sparsest geometric lines and forms, yet drawn and painted with masterful expression and emotion. But the works are not only sparse they are colorful, playful, and fun, created with love and great good humor. Birds of all types flock through the pages, from pelicans lined up on a pier to a diving egret to owls and jays; sea creatures frolic through the waves and deep in the ocean depths, where a giant squid fights with a sperm whale; outside the backyard window raccoons, Harper s favorite animals, get fat or peer at you from a hollow tree. This is not photorealism, but like all art, exposes truth through its fiction. Harper s vision is whimsical, childlike, but informed by scrupulous observation that allows him to distill these animals into their essential nature, marrying form and anthropomorphic character in a blend that will appeal to the youngest children to all who are young at heart." San Diego Book Review"