See whimsical and delightfully colorful works by master illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, in "Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper."
Harper's life-long love of nature inspired his work and his creativity takes viewers on an artistic and environmental journey shared by people of all ages.
Harper was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. He called his style "minimal realism," capturing the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. Using graphic shapes and bold colors, Harper distilled and simplified complex elements. His nature-oriented artwork is often contrasted with the realism of John James Audubon and the simplicity found in Inuit Art.
There are also interactive art activities based on Harper's style, including tangrams, alphabet art table and rubbing stations. Budding artists can sketch a natural science item from the museum's collections.
The exhibit is built around the personal collection of Museum Executive Director Page Hayhurst and her family. It also includes 60 prints from Harper's Birds at Feeding Stations series that first appeared in the Ford Times Magazine in the 1950s. These prints are being shown courtesy of the Harper estate.
Admission Fee: $17 adult, $13 children ages 3-12, ages 2 and under free
Last Updated: 3/18/2014 9:20 AM