Charley Harper Passes Away

Dear Readers:
It is with much regret that we learned master illustrator and graphic designer Charley Harper passed away this week. Born in West Virginia in 1922, he grew up on a farm and came to Cincinnati to pursue art studies, eventually teaching at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. I saw his work recently at the Graphic Content exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center. I had no idea his geometric style, inspired by Modernism, had been so inpirational—especially to such young designer-artists such as Ryan McGinness and Todd Oldham. In the CAC exhibit, their art hung nearby on the same walls and then, the legacy was clear. He will be greatly missed.


Watch the video essay Oldham conducted with Harper here on YouTube.

Charley Harper, Black and White Warbler, 1955, silkscreen, 20.5″x15″,courtesy of the artist

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