Fred Harper’s life goal at the age of 14 was to be a caricature artist in a carnival or amusement park. Fred achieved this lofty goal by age 19 as a summer job at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, OH. Time to make new goals! Fred graduated with a BFA in painting at Columbus College of Art and Design and painted hundreds of murals for “The Limited Express” until he got his pencil in the door at Marvel comics. He painted posters, pin-ups, and covers as well as drew interiors for titles such as “Conan”, “Spiderman”, and “Doctor Strange”.
Fred’s shown his work at CBGB’s 313, The Museum of American Illustration, and Banning and Low galleries in Washington D.C. (two solo shows!). Fred’s work is in the private collections of the rich and powerful… not that he could call in any “favors”… but his illustrations have appeared in such great publications as “Time”, “The Wall Street Journal”,”The New York Times”, “Playboy”, “The Village Voice”, “Sports Illustrated”, and just about every issue of “The Week” magazine.
Fred makes appearances at high schools and colleges. Some of these have been at Collegiate in NYC, McDowell High School, Brooklyn School of Technology, The Pratt Institute, and Syracuse University. The National Caricaturist Network gave him the “Best Color Award” and has invited him to guest teach a color seminar at their annual convention. Recently, he painted the key art for the 10th anniversary of this year’s Ozzfest’05. When you see that kid in the black concert T-shirt with the Ozzy demon sitting on the crapper, think of Fred… Boy, that didn’t sound good did it!?
Fred currently resides in New York City with his cat named Buzzard.