Hungarian folk artist Károly Reich was born on this day August 8, 1922, in the village of Balatonszemes.
Painter and illustrator Rien Poortvliet was born on this day, August 7, 1932, in Schiedam, Netherlands.
Russian sculptor Naum Gabo was born Naum Neemia Pevsner on this day August 5, 1890.
Today is the birthday of American Modernist artist Charley Harper, born August 4, 1922 on a farm in Frenchton, West Virginia. He is best known for his unique self-described “minimal realism” artistic interpretation of American wildlife.
After growing up on the farm, he went to the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he met his wife, Edie Mckee, on the first day of school. He stayed in Cincinnati, where he eventually started Harper Studios. He has illustrated for a number of books and nature-based organizations including the Cincinnati Zoo and the National Parks Service.
Broad and High describes a little about Charley Harper’s technique and his illustrations for the book Ohio’s Natural Heritage in this “ARTifacts: Charley Harper” video.
Harper died of pneumonia on June 10, 2007.
For more information, see this Artist Spotlight on Charley Harper.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Connie Converse was born Elizabeth Eaton Converse on this day August 3, 1924 in Laconia, New Hampshire.
French-Canadian singer and songwriter Felix Leclerc was born on this day August 2, 1914 in the city of La Tuque in the Quebec province of Canada.
Michael Penn was born on this day August 1, 1958 in Greenwich Village, New York.
Happy birthday to R.E.M. drummer, guitarist, bass guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter Bill Berry, born on this day July 31, 1958 Duluth, Minnesota. 🎂
Here is “Man On The Moon” from the 1992 album Automatic for the People.
“Suspended in Gaffa” is from the 1982 Kate Bush album The Dreaming.