This 2006 open edition lithograph print of a pair of bluebirds outside their birdhouse by wildlife artist Charley Harper (1922—2007) makes a lovely gift for Harper fans, birdwatchers or anyone who loves nature and mid-century design aesthetic.
A conservationist as well as an artist, Harper revealed the unique aspects of his wildlife subjects through highly stylized geometric reduction.
Reared on a West Virginia farm, Harper developed an early appreciation and love of animals as well as design. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and graduated from the Cincinnati Art Academy, where he also taught for many years.
Describing his method of depicting wildlife, which winnowed out all but the most important details, Harper once said, “I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced...and herein lies the lure of painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.” For more than sixty years Charley Harper’s work has been treasured by art and animal enthusiasts alike.
Hand-titled and studio-stamped.
Image Size: 11.75" x 9.25"
Paper Size: 14.75" x 12.25"