Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lost Harpers Rediscovered

Not long ago we were informed of a lost trove of Charley Harper original paintings commissioned for the Ford Times and Lincoln Mercury Times Magazines. These lost paintings include many of Charley's beloved bird series among many other beautiful works. No one knew the whereabouts of any of the bird or fish originals for Charley's Ford times silkscreen prints. In many instance no one knew that original paintings of some of these were ever made! The discovery of these paintings came as a surprise even to Charley's son Brett. "I felt like I was opening a buried treasure chest that had been locked up for more than 35 years."

The Estate and Studio have already respectfully declined several immediate offers for portions of the priceless collection. Brett believes that as the market begins to understand what the collage originals of birds, fish, and travel series represent—the rarest of the rare—collectors will be stunned.

Brett will be on hand to personally introduce this new collection at an opening at Fabulous Frames and Art, one of our longest standing retailers, from 11 am-5 pm Saturday, July 11th. This local show will run from July 11th through August 8th. From there we hope the collection will continue to travel the country in a series of exhibitions in various cities yet to be determined.

For more information on the collection, contact the studio at 513-522-0545 or by e-mail at

Show opening July 11 11am-5pm
Show Runs July 11-August 8
Fabulous Frames and Art
10817 Montgomery rd
Cincinnati, OH 45231


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  2. I can't wait to come down and see this exhibit.

  3. This is fantastic news, I'm a huge Charley Harper fan and really hope these make it over to the UK at some point, it would be lovely to see them in all their glory.

  4. I hope we can all see them at some point, even in reproduced form. Its especially nice also to see examples of non bird illustrations.

  5. This is really great news! Hope the exhibit comes to the Northwest!

  6. If you are looking for a illustrator-print specialist gallery in the UK to show the exhibition or prints then check out -
    my gallery on Brighton beachfront (50mins from London).

  7. ...very exciting. Being a Cincinnati native, we love all things Charlie Harper. My mom is a huge fan also and passed her love of his artwork on to my son. We will definitely be at the exhibit!