The folks over at Gen ART have reminded me that I need to purchase the massive 420 page book featuring the art of Charley Harper. While I was in Miami for the Basel show, Marsea introduced me to renowned designer Todd Oldham, who helped create this collaborative book. AMMO Books is honored to present this beautiful large format title as the definitive monograph of artist Charley Harper’s six decade long career. Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley’s work in 2001, and collaborated closely with him, combing through his extensive archive to edit and design this stunning AMMO Books release.
The AMMO site states:
"Charley Harper is an American original who created his art from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio - until his death on June 10, 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 has never before been published in one complete retrospective. Accordingly, this massive volume is the definitive Charley Harper book to have on your bookshelf!
Bringing his legacy to a wider audience, AMMO Books offers Charley Harper – An Illustrated Life, as a large format standard book, or as a luxurious limited edition that was personally signed by Charley Harper and Todd Oldham."
Back home in Cinti, Ohio Dec 8th was declared
CHARLEY HARPER DAY: BY MAYORAL PROCLAMATION