Original lithograph by Cincinnati-based artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) depicts a raccoon and butterfly set in a dynamic, mirrored pose, a signature example of Harper’s whimsical take on nature portraits. Titled, “Raccrobat”, this piece is rendered in simple, geometric forms that compose a highly modern aesthetic for the collection. Housed in a stylish, metallic frame with faux distressing, this original lithograph is signed in pencil by Harper at the bottom of the paper.
About the Artist:
Charley Harper was born on August 4, 1922 in Frenchton, West Virginia and grew up on a family farm, which would later influence his interest in the natural world and animals. He studied art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he won the academy’s first Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship and met artist Edie McKee, who he would marry shortly after graduation in 1947. Harper returned to the Art Academy of Cincinnati as a teacher and also worked for a commercial firm before pursuing freelance work at Harper Studios, formed by he, Edie, and their only child, Brett. During his career, he illustrated numerous books, as well as many prints, posters, and other works. Harper also created works for many nature-based organizations, among them the National Park Service, Cincinnati Zoo, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Everglades National Park. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 10, 2007, at the age of 84.
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