The artwork of wildlife artist Charley Harper (1922 –2007) is a visual ecosystem in which elements of color, shapes, lines and subjects are interrelated, interdependent and perfectly balanced. Harper had an unique ability to capture the essence of any living organism, challenging our previous perceptions of nature, which offers a new and unexpected way to enjoy it. An exhibition of his work is currently on show at The Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany through September 11, 2011.
Charley Harper calls his style “minimal realism”, capturing the essence of his subjects with the few-est possible visual elements. Less interested in creating the illusion of dimension, he captures the infinite patterns and designs of nature, which instead turns his wildlife art into flat, simple, and playful creations.
Harper describes his visual style…”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, colour combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behaviour and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures.”
This will be the first time Harper’s work will be showing in Germany. The exhibition in the Kunstverein Hamburg assembles more than 60 silk screens of Charley Harper’s vibrate and colorful wildlife.