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Art: Charley Harper at Phyllis Weston Gallery

By Jane Durrell · July 13th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends
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Works never previously exhibited by the late Charlie Harper, one of Cincinnati’s favorite artists, go on view at Phyllis Weston Gallery Thursday. Many of the pieces are originals, rather than the prints we usually see of Harper’s work, and subject matter includes much more than just the artist’s familiar birds.

“Many of the works are watercolors and most are small,” Weston says. “There are also signed prints and collages.”

The show relates to a similar exhibition of Harper’s work currently on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Harper, who died in 2007, graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and developed a national and international reputation for his pared-down renditions of the natural world and other subjects. He said his work reflects “exciting shapes, combinations of color, patterns, textures (and) the endless possibilities for creating interesting images. The picture is one small rectangle in which an artist is able to create an ordered universe.”

The hours at the Phyllis Weston Gallery (2005 1/2 Madison Road, O’Bryonville) are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or by appointment.

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