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Charley Harper Illustrations- Tin Lizzie book

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Jive-Bomber
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  2. Kevin Lee
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    I love Harper's work. I had been studying it when I came up with the illustration on my cowl.

  3. Those assembly line gesture drawings are brilliant. Take s a lot of work to make something look that easy.
  4. Ranunculous
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
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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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  5. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
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    from Colorado

    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.
  6. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
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    kool thread. I love model T's.....the chassis pics remind me of mine

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    neat art work
  8. 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...
  9. Hotdoggin DaddyO
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    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

    I love that "minimal realism".
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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.

  11. Rolleiflex
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  12. GaryC.
    Joined: Mar 24, 2007
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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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  13. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
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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.
  14. Tim Jones
    Joined: Jan 5, 2011
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    Tim Jones

    Wow C. Harper wallpaper, I'd love to see that. Was it wildlife or a pattern?


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