Friday, 18 June 2010

CHARLEY HARPER!! Next exhibition at Castor & Pollux

Charley Harper has become increasingly well known in the UK, but in America, he is a national treasure.

Best know for his bird designs, Charley Harper (1922 - 2007) was an extraordinarily prolific graphic designer and artist, loved for his delightful, stylised, and often humorous illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people.

Harper captured the essence of his subject with the fewest possible elements. This can be seen in the ornithological illustrations for his most famous book, 'Birds and Words' (1974).

'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 pictures'

For the Castor and Pollux exhibition we have either more recent prints from 1970s- 1980s but most are from 1950s and 60s, printed by Charley himself in the basement whilst Edie mixed the ink.

If you get the chance, do come and see the beautiful colours and compositions from the pioneering graphic artist.

Charley Harper screen prints at Castor and Pollux 3 July - 3 September. All will be sold framed, and prices start at £450.
If you are interested in attending the private view, please email for full details. for more information.

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