Nicholas Hammond on Charley Harper:
"His were not the usual photos or photorealistic paintings. They showed angular creatures produced using mechanical drawing instruments – compasses, protractors, rulers. Charley's work was quite unlike any wildlife art I had ever seen – style he described as minimal realism: never counting the feathers, just counting the wings. Nothing could be further from the realism of most of the American wildlife art in the last quarter of the past century. Charley joked that he was the only wildlife artist not to be compared with Audubon by the marketing people. He was a printmaker; his medium was seriography – printing with blocks of color through a silkscreen. His use of the medium is very clever – blocks of color within geometric shapes that perfectly convey the characteristics of the animals they represent. The strong design element is composition at its best. Harper's composition is even better than the great Audubon."
Nicholas Hammond is the former editor of Birds magazine, a publication for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. He is currently chief executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, and Peterborough.
The Jack Pine Firebird—Kirtland's Warbler lithograph by Charley Harper (1922-2007) is an open (unnumberd) edition hand-titled and stamped with his audio seal. The image was commissioned by Ford Times magazine and appeared in 1978. Image size is 6.375" x 15.812" and paper size is 9.375" x 18.812". A certificate of authenticity from the Charley Harper Art Studio will accompany each print. Printed on a neutral pH, acid-free paper.
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