Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life



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The original, massive edition.

From the publisher:

The definitive monograph of artist Charley Harper's six-decades-long career. Renowned New York-based designer Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley's work in 2001, and collaborated closely with him, combing through his extensive archive to edit and design this stunning monograph.

Charley Harper is an American original who created his art from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, until his death in 2007, at the age of 84. He is beloved for his delightful, graphic, and often humorous illustrations of nature, animals, insects, and people alike. Charley liked to say that when he paints a bird, he doesn't count all the feathers in the wings --he just counts the wings. Minimal realism, he called it, and his unique and precise style continues to resonate and inspire his admirers.

CHARLEY HARPER--AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE showcases his illustrations that appeared from 1950-1975 in the Ford Times magazines, as well as in books such as the beloved, "The Giant Golden Book of Biology" in 1961, "Betty Crocker's Dinner for Two" in 1961, and "The Animal Kingdom" in 1968, among many others. His well-loved book, "Birds and Words," first published in 1974, is considered a classic. Remarkably, however, Charley's work had never before been published in one complete retrospective. Accordingly, this volume is the definitive Charley Harper book to have on your bookshelf!


- Conversation with Charley Harper
- Betty Crocker's Dinner For Two Cook Book
- The Giant Golden Book of Biology
- The Animal Kingdom
- Ford Times Magazine
- Birds & Words
- Advertising & Promotions
- Mosaic Murals
- Paintings
- Posters


Charley Harper
Todd Oldham

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, in shipping box, in publisher's shrinkwrap



Publishing Information

Los Angeles

Physical Description

19.25 inches
13.25 inches
424 pages
color illustrations
pictorial boards