Curious by Nature

Works of Charley and Edie Harper

Ended September 10, 2023

The bright, bold, geometric imagery of Charley Harper is made for nature-lovers. Enjoy a parade of striking wildlife featuring the playful sensibility of Charley and his wife and artistic partner, Edie.

Born on a farm in West Virginia in 1922, Charley Harper was enthralled by the surrounding wildlife. He developed his playful sensibility in the context of midcentury modernism, focusing on animals and nature. His method was to distill an animal’s form into its most basic essence of color and shape. Often finding drama in even the most everyday subjects, his approachable art combines elegant forms with shrewdly observed details. Curious by Nature showcases 86 serigraphs spanning the late 1960s to the early 1980s, from the heart of the Harpers’ careers.

Curious by Nature is kid-friendly and contains a dedicated space for children to create their own geometric interpretations of animal life and read about nature.

This exhibit is included with Museum admission; Members are always free.

Organized by Springfield Museum of Art and Fowler Artistic LLC