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Wild Life: The Life & Work of Charley Harper


Ladybugs, dogs, owls, otters: Charley Harper’s geometric illustrations are more than a source of delight. With a never-ending curiosity for the natural world, especially for wildlife and flora, Harper developed a unique style that influenced generations of artists and designers.

Wild Life celebrates the centenary and legacy of Charley Harper, a master of midcentury American illustration: a vast collection of works originally created as posters, magazine covers, murals, and more. Compiled by design writer Margaret Rhodes and the artist’s son, Brett Harper, this definitive monograph offers a glimpse into Harper’s creative universe and considers him anew in different contexts: as a student, a professional artist, a husband, an honorary naturalist, and a conservationist.

Telling the story of his life and of his masterpieces, Wild Lifeis essential for enthusiasts of the American master and for anyone interested in midcentury visual culture.

Brett Harper, who wrote the preface and is the co-editor of Wild Life: The Life and Work of Charley Harper, is the artist’s son. He leads the Charley Harper Art Studio, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the American illustrator’s work. Charley Harper’s art is a beloved treasure who inspired an entire generation of artists and designers.

Margaret Rhodes, the other co-editor, is an independent writer and editor specializing in design. She previously worked in-house at New York Magazine, WIRED, and Fast Company.