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Charley Harper ­ An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham Renowned designer Todd Oldham has rediscovered an American treasure: artist Charley Harper. While rummaging through a thrift store in 2001, Todd came across a series of sparse, colorful and graphic illustrations that immediately resonated with him. After researching the work, he discovered they were created by the same lyrical artist who had illustrated his beloved childhood book, The Giant Golden Book of Biology. In the years that followed, Todd collaborated closely with Charley to create this definitive retrospective of Harper's life's work. AMMO Books proudly presents Charley Harper- An Illustrated Life, a stunning monograph of an artist whose minimalist approach to illustration has had tremendous influence on designers and artists over the course of his sixdecade career. Beautifully designed, edited and introduced by Todd Oldham, this large format, impressive title includes an insightful interview with Harper, offering rare insight into the mind of a brilliant, yet modest artist.

Charley Harper - An Illustrated Life showcases Charley's delightful and often humorous illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people alike. Gathered together for the first time are the illustrations that graced the pages of the Ford Times magazines from 1950-1975, as well as several 1960's books such as The Giant Golden Book of Biology, Betty Crocker's Dinner for Two, and The Animal Kingdom. His well loved book Birds and Words, first published in 1974, is considered a classic.

Celebrating this singular talent, AMMO Books is thrilled to offer Charley Harper- An Illustrated Life. In addition to the trade version of the book, AMMO Books is making available four limited edition versions, signed by Todd and Charley, each with a different silkscreen print signed by the artist. Charley's work is currently featured in a major exhibit at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Museum. Coinciding with the book release, gallery exhibits showcasing Harper's original artwork will be held in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York. Release date: July 1, 2007 English, with translations in French, German, Italian, and Spanish 420 Pages 17.3 x 12.2 inches $200. trade edition / $400. limited edition with print Todd Oldham has brought his unique, inspiring design aesthetic to multiple disciplines, including interior design, fashion, furniture, product design, graphics, photography and film. Oldham is currently hosting Top Design, a new reality series by Bravo Television Network. Todd has recently launched a textile line based on Charley Harper's work, as well as designed the collection Todd Oldham for La-Z-Boy. Oldham's first book, Hand Made Modern (HarperCollins) was met with great success. Todd recently designed The Fairfax Hotel, in South Beach, slated to open in 2007. Todd Oldham has been featured countless times in print and on television. AMMO Books, a Los Angeles based publishing house recently debuted Gonzo by Hunter S. Thompson, to widespread media attention as well as popular and critical acclaim. Focusing on the rich, colorful world of arts and culture, AMMO Books creates must have, one of a kind titles. AMMO Books presents its new releases to a worldwide audience via ammobooks.com and at AMMO Books retail partners. For media related inquiries, please contact [email protected] AMMO Books, LLC 2404 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 4G Los Angeles, CA 90057 323.223.2666 tel 323.978.4200 fax www.ammobooks.com

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