Art Books: Minimal Realism of Charley Harper

Charley Harper

Recognize his work?

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Here are some great books from Mr. Harper:

Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life

Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom: popular edition

Charley Harper ABCs: Skinny Edition

“I don’t count the feathers;

I just count the wings.”

                               ~Charley Harper

I do love the colorful lovely work of artist

Charley Harper (1922-2007).

His prints can be pricey,

but lucky for us…

Ammo Books

offers many lovely affordable

items with his designs.

Charley Harper’s stylized drawings

and paintings capture his subjects with the

fewest possible elements;

herein lies his minimal realism genius.

Deliciously juicy colors engage us,

and inspire in unexpected ways.

(BTW. Surprised I am sharing

cheery, springlike colors when it’s

freshly autumn here?)

The sweetest board book: Colors

Call me cuckoo!

And a renegade even

where the seasons

are concerned!

Back to Charley Harper yum…

Need a gift idea for young kids?

Look no further than books,

nesting blocks, and flashcards featuring

his lovely work (which is popular with

girls and boys to grandmas!).

Nesting Blocks

 In fact, the flashcards may

inspire an entire decor scheme

for a room:

I tacked a single card to a little canvas

painted with simple stripes and loved it

on its own, but imagine massing

a Charley Harper alphabet

in a kids’ room or family room!

One box of flashcards is

easy on the budget, big on CHARM.

Feelin’ minimal realism and happy color?

Peace to you right where you are.

Click here for a list of beautiful design books to inspire.

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  1. September 30, 2011 / 8:28 am

    Love Charley Harper's vibrant work and the flashcards on the stripe canvases are a fab idea! Love your creativity as ever!

    Happy weekend, my lovely.

    Meera xx

  2. September 30, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing this artwork and bringing it to my attention. It is just awesome. Love them all.
    Have a great weekend. Bobbie

  3. October 1, 2011 / 2:08 pm

    So cute and fun! I'd love to see it around my house! 🙂

    I'm dropping by to wish you a blessed weekend, my friend.


    Luciane at

  4. October 1, 2011 / 5:23 pm

    Hello lovely! I have never seen these before, they are beautiful! I love what you did as well, very cool with the stripes.
    Enjoy your weekend!!!

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