Charley Harper (American, 1922–2007)
Charley Harper (American, 1922–2007) designed more than fifty posters for various natural areas, parks, and conservation organizations. Each celebrated a special part of our natural world in his unmistakable style. His distinctive use of simple shapes, geometric patterns, and vivid colors—a style he defined as minimal realism—succinctly captured the essence of each creature he portrayed.
Canyon Country is one of ten posters Harper was commissioned to create for the US National Park Service. Here he depicted public lands in southern Utah, northern Arizona, eastern Nevada, and western Colorado. His landscape teems with the wildlife that thrives in the desert Southwest’s dramatic terrain.
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