When I was a kid, my eccentric and most creative aunt in Oregon hung these visually appealing, but somewhat disturbing framed prints of little kids with big eyes, and sad faces in her bathroom… So, every time I had to use the loo at her house, I felt these "Keane" images were staring directly at me. Sometimes I would try to imagine what was going on in these big-eyed, little kids world, and why they were all so sad?
The world-renowned and inspiring, Margaret Keane is still representin’ at the age of 81! Her works are now happy and cheerful. She is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and has her own fab-o gallery there. Our friends at Sympathy For The Record Industry even co-published a commemorative booklet on her works, "Margaret Keane and Keaneabilia."
There’s also a wonderful Los Angeles artist that has been following in the art and tradition of the great "big eyes" movement. I love her rock ‘n’ roll style! Check out Vicki Berndt’s refreshing takes on the "big eyes" and the rest of her awesome works! I’m saving my pennies to commission a custom piece from her.