I was up in Dallas a few weeks ago and wandered over to the Trinity River Audubon Center with our friends. It's a great place and I totally recommend you check it out if you're in the area. 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Dallas, but a world away. (Remember to use travel cliché. Check.)
We were in the gift shop and the cover of a date book caught my attention. I picked it up and started flipping through it while simultaneously flipping out. I was totally, immediately, completely in love with the art. I was floored when I figured it was pretty much famous to, apparently, everyone on the planet but me. I'm still a little concerned that I managed to get through 4 years of art school and practice design for the better part of two decades without ever being made aware of his work. What other fantabulous things am I missing??
Oh yeah, the artist. Charley Harper. I know, I know. My friend Kat is reading this right now thinking. "Christine, you dolt, I have a Charley Harper calendar on the wall that you've probably walked by 288 times this year." Slow on the uptake-ness aside, I think Harper's work is incredibly exciting. It incorporates all the things I love--bright color, clean lines, stylized imagery and birds. Now it even gets that 'retro' boost as well. It's all that and a can of cheez whiz. Of course, now I have to search the web to see if any of his art has ever been licensed and used on tins!
All images from www.charleyharperprints.com