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Modernist renditions of animal attraction

Woodland creatures debut on ceramic tiles

Family Owlbum (owl) $70. At Cambridge Artists Coop, 59A Church St., Cambridge, 617-868-4434.

Family Owlbum (owl) $70. At Cambridge Artists Coop, 59A Church St., Cambridge, 617-868-4434. www.cambridgeartistscoop.com.

October (squirrel) by Charley Harper by Motawi, $70, at Cambridge Artists Coop, 59A Church St., Cambridge, 617-868-4434.  www.cambridgeartistscoop.com

October (squirrel) by Charley Harper by Motawi, $70, at Cambridge Artists Coop, 59A Church St., Cambridge, 617-868-4434. www.cambridgeartistscoop.com

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Unlike John James Audubon, extreme realism was not a concern for Charley Harper. Rather, this mid-century American artist was known for stylized renditions of creatures done in flat geometrics. Just in time for spring, Motawi Tileworks releases a collection of 16 designs featuring Harper’s work, including birds, bugs, and fuzzy critters. Each tile, which can be displayed on its own or incorporated into tilework on a wall, is handmade using a Spanish technique that incorporates raised lines, for a satisfyingly tactile effect.

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