Charley Harper

26 May

Just thought I’d post this video by Todd Oldham about Charley Harper after yesterday’s post. Charley was a prolific screen-printer and is one of my creative heros. He helped create a style called “Minimal Realism” in which he simplified things he saw in the natural world into brilliant shapes and patterns. As Charley put it:

“When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. 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, without trimming or unutilized parts; 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.”

Charley passed on in 2007, but his artwork inspires me every day. Especially as I now struggle to find my own style as an artist and screen-printer. Thanks Charley!

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