*No, not Charlie Harper. Shudder. We shall mention that name no more.
For those of you who don’t know and therefore don’t love Charley Harper yet (don’t worry, you soon will), Harper was a modernist artist famous for his simple, stylized and yet highly accurate illustrations of wildlife. The zoologist in me loves how precisely and perfectly Harper captured the essence of life with as few lines as possible, the fashionista in me loves the rich colors Harper used, and the goofball in me loves how much sass Harper could make everything from a raccoon to a Euglena have.
Most people know Harper for his bird pictures:
But I love Harper for how he took the animals most people don’t adore (grubs, lizards, waterstriders, etc.) and showed how beautiful they are.
I think the only thing better than having Charley Harper on your walls would be to have Charley Harper on your person (in a totally non-dirty way, of course). Design house Celine secured the rights to five of Harper’s prints and incorporated them into their 2009 resort wear collection. Biology and style, such a perfect combination!
So what do you think? I’ve seen clothing inspired by Picasso, Monet, Polluck and Mondrian; does it work with Harper’s style? And who knows where I can find those shoes?