Artist Spotlight

Back to Nature: Think Spring with Wildlife Designs by Charley Harper

The waning weeks of winter can be a drag, so we're here to awaken your senses with great design. Playful products inspired by American artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) will help you think spring with stylized wildlife illustrations on delightful decor for your home. 

 Harper Little Sipper Hummingbird Mug / Harper Mystery Of The Missing Migrants Mug

Throughout his life, Charley Harper worked in diverse media including printmaking, illustration, silk screen and book design. Referring to his aesthetic as "minimal realism, " Harper distilled his subjects to their linear essence but often created complex arrangements with his simplified forms. 

 Harper Coaster Set/4

While appearing deceptively simple, Harper's playful designs were esoterically informed by evolution in art and science, from cubism to physics. 

Harper Spring Birds Pop-Up Umbrella

Harper's process often began with observation of wildlife photography, followed by thumbnail sketches of his chosen subjects. These sketches were then transformed into full-sized drafts on tracing paper, which was cut into shapes to help visualize the flattened forms and make adjustments.

 Harper Close Cardinal Ornament / Harper Two Owls Ornament / Harper Fox Ornament

Asked to describe his unique style, he said: "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 the painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe."

Harper Little Sipper Trivet

 Put some spring back in your step with our assortment of decor inspired by Charley Harper's innovative designs: