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Charley Harper is an artist with a very unique style he calls "minimal realism". He's able to capture the essence of his subjects with minimal visual elements.

The painting of birds caught my attention with the clean smooth lines which resembles vector work. His colour choices are from observation in life and the resulting image is always bold and striking. Many of his pieces are on nature.

The author Todd Oldham only discovered Charley Harper's work in 2001. Since then, he has been collecting all the work he has ever published. The result is this impressive 424-page book that collects work that span the entire career of Charley Harper. It includes the commissions he done for Ford Motors, schools, advertising agencies, etc.

There are two editions for this art book. The first is a 5.5kg book published in 2007, the year Charley Harper passed away. The newer edition, which I have, is the shrunken down version which is lighter, more handy and affordable. The construction of the book is great and all the illustrations are brilliantly reproduced.

The contents are as follows:

* Conversation with Charley Harper
* Betty Crocker's Dinner For Two Cook Book
* The Giant Golden Book of Biology
* The Animal Kingdom
* Ford Times Magazine
* Birds & Words
* Advertising & Promotions
* Mosaic Murals
* Paintings
* Posters

There's a nice long interview written by Todd Oldham which is also translated in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Charley Harper has published a few books before so there might be some duplication here. If you're just intent on getting one book, make this the one. It's a beautiful, timeless art book.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on 28 August 2008
This book is superb. It was quite expensive, but the price is more than justified. It was delivered in a box the size of a small child, and it is now the largest book I own (about 15"x18", and very thick). The book itself comes in a special printed card box cover to protect it (a drawback of its large size is it will not fit on a bookshelf). There are so many images in this book, it is a very comprehensive collection of work. It is the only way to get a good understanding of the different collections of work. The quality is superb, and the sheer size of the images allows you to appreciate them fully. I have not yet had time to read the text within the book (having only recieved it this morning), but being a fan of both Harper and Oldham, I know it's going to be good.

The only thing you should be a little weary of is that Amazons description of the item is actually for the Limited Edition copies that come complete with a print. This is the standard edition, and does not come with a seperate print, however it does still come in a decorative box. You can see the difference if you look on the Ammo Books website.

I also recommend you buy Birds with Words, an equally excellent book to own.
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on 10 August 2012
This book is surely a great source of inspiration, especially for young children and teenagers as the colours and shapes are very particular and stimulate the imagination. A great gift that will remain for generations on the shelves. Also combine with the matching colouring book (also available on Amazon).
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on 10 May 2011
I first came across his work when i bought some alphabet cards for my 4 year old daughter... then i became obsesssed with his art!

This book is for anyone interested in animals, birds, art, illustration or the work of Charley Harper.

It's a wonderful introduction to his many talents e.g. mosaic murals, paintings, posters etc.
A large and very heavy resource book with lots of vivid examples of his work the wit and humour he used to introduce biological concepts(student text books)are beautiful and look very retro now! Would of enjoyed biology more if i had those illustrations to look at!

His simple use of colour, shape and line are really exciting and refreshing what a talent he was!

A wonderful conversation at the beginning with the authour gives you an incite into what made this man tick!

This book is worth every penny and i found something new each time i look through it.
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on 22 April 2008
The book is beautifull and would be a delight to anyone interested in design or nature....but the was no promised (via the synopsis) 'signed' print .
Amazon did send me a second book out to me be still no print.As I collect prints this was a huge disapointment and I only hope the publishers read this and can find it in their hearts to send me one.
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on 18 June 2013
I'm so glad I got this book. I love it! Charley Harper's work is just gorgeous I could look at it for hours and still be amazed by his work. Recieved it on time in good condition. Worth the buy
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on 4 January 2014
Bought as Christmas present for my niece who likes Charley Harper's work.
Good and very varied selection of his work included in this book, good quality colour plates, very nice book.
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on 11 October 2013
Lovely little piece of coffee table book, love it. Great illustrations, a genious in his own way. Nice to just browse through every now and then.
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on 15 March 2014
Charley Harper's paintings are a breath of fresh air. A cool spin to the conventional realistic animal drawings, for sure!
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on 23 August 2013
I would recommend this book to Bird lovers and also intend to get his animal book. He is a great artist
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