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Old 09-30-2011, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default Charley Harper Illustrations- Tin Lizzie book



Charles Harper (1922- 2007) was an extremely gifted illustrator who drew his prime work from the late 40s throughout the 60s. If you have old copies of Ford Times from these years, you'll see many of ...

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Old 09-30-2011, 08:34 AM   #2
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I love Harper's work. I had been studying it when I came up with the illustration on my cowl.

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Old 09-30-2011, 08:42 AM   #3
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Those assembly line gesture drawings are brilliant. Take s a lot of work to make something look that easy.
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I believe he may have been featured at www dot todaysinspiration dot blogspot dot com/ ?

A fine site dedicated to commercial art of the 30's thru 60's and maybe beyond?
There'd be more examples of his work there for the interested.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:21 AM   #5
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I have a lot of Charles Harper signed and numbered lithos. He also did some commercial work portfolio work for a paper company and ads for either a bank or brokerage house that appeared in the WSJ.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:06 AM   #6
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kool thread. I love model T's.....the chassis pics remind me of mine
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:31 PM   #7
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neat art work
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His book Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life is amazing. He was a master at breaking things down to a few, minimal shapes.

As others have said, to make something look that simple yet still tell the story is unbelievably difficult. What a talent...
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #9
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I love that "minimal realism".
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:20 PM   #10
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Jive-Bomber, Thanks for posting this. Charles Harper An illustrated Life is a book i've had sitting next to my desk since my mom gave it to me for Christmas. Every once in a while it catches my eye and I thumb through it loving every page before getting distracted and have to put it down. I simply must make time for it now.

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Old 10-02-2011, 11:17 AM   #11
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Here's a great site where you can learn more about him and purchase prints.
http://www.charleyharperprints.com/p...inner-for-two/
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:54 AM   #12
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In the day job I run a picture framing shop.
Yesterday I saw one of my customers coming with
a large framed piece of Charley Harper's.
I have been a Harper fan for a lot of years.
As soon as I saw it I said "that's a Charley Harper serigraph".
It was signed and numbered. I would estimate the value at between $300
to $500. The top mat had gotten funky. That was the extent of the damage.

She went on to tell that she got it at a Salvation Army thrift store
for $3.00! That was a pretty lucky find.

Here's a jpeg of of the piece.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:07 AM   #13
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Years ago I did an appraisal on some Mid-Century items at a Mid-Century house(imagine that....).The kitchen was the only room that was wallpapered and upon close inspection,it was Charley Harper wallpaper.The lady was going to have it stripped,but after learning what it was,she let it be.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:18 PM   #14
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Wow C. Harper wallpaper, I'd love to see that. Was it wildlife or a pattern?

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Years ago I did an appraisal on some Mid-Century items at a Mid-Century house(imagine that....).The kitchen was the only room that was wallpapered and upon close inspection,it was Charley Harper wallpaper.The lady was going to have it stripped,but after learning what it was,she let it be.
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