Art Informs All
From “special” classes in high school all the way to the top of Foot Locker, art has been the common thread through the ever-evolving career of Gary Harper. A performer, sign painter and death-defying fine artist, he can't seem to shake the hold art has on his life.
This lifelong enthrallment has taken him from a dyslexic sibling of seven in a chaotic household, to sitting across from the president of Nike—and telling him to shove it. But that was only the beginning of an illustrious career as an advertising executive.
Death Can Wait
His exploits in the boardroom might have never happened though. In an accident in his youth, Gary drowned and was actually deceased for a period…only to return from “the other side.”
In his recollection it was “the best;” and he tried to bring that energy back with him, that he might communicate the feeling through his art. We’ll let him tell the rest of that story on episode 130 of Let It Ride.
What you'll hear about
- Performing theater…in the nude
- Living in a commune
- Climbing the ranks at Foot Locker
- Drowning…and coming back
- Sticking it to Nike
- Conquering fear, uncertainty and doubt