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Hi!
I bet you've probably already guessed- I am totally obsessed with big, poor, pitiful, weepy, sad eyes.
I am completely unashamed about the love I have for these saucer eyed waif-y children and pathetic puppies and kitties. There really isn't a place to go, -that has any real information about the artists that were, oh so, popular in the early sixties until about the mid seventies-. Walter and/or Margaret Keane, Gig, Maio, Eden, Eve, Lee, Goji, Ozz Franca, and Igor just to name a few, were all the rage- and have pretty much just disappeared (to many peoples delight) into total obscurity. Now I don't claim that these big eyed cuties were always the epitome of fine art. But they are masterpieces to me. Initially I feared that proclaiming my love for these critters, was just going to limit my chances of finding these treasures. And I was really pretty reluctant to divulge any thing about my big eyed fetish. But after I had the chance to meet Walter and Margaret Keane, and have now met and become good friends with many people who are fellow mega-optic connoisseurs, I was inspired. Some of them have great galleries to browse, some have things to trade or sell, and some are creating there own big eyed art...Although not complete, many of these sites are listed here. And if You have any suggestions, information, stuff for sale or trade please feel free to e-mail me
If you have written and haven't gotten a response please write back, I occasionally have some technical difficulties

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GIG
Gettin' GIGGY with it!

Gig is the master painter behind those pitty kitties and pitty puppies with the GIANT sized eyes. My personal favorite artist of the genre- he was able to convey such sadness and cuteness it is almost unbearable.
He was able to take pathetic to a whole new level. I have put together a GIG GALLERY with about 40 different images,just an example to show you exactly how obsessed I am. This is not a complete listing of all of his work, just a sample of it.

MARGARET KEANE

The Woman Behind the Eyes

Well, when in San Francisco about 4 years ago I had a chance to stop by the Keane Eyes Gallery, and sadly it was closed. SOB SOB! I was more pathetic than one of her paintings looking through that window. Since then I've learned a lot more about Margaret's art and recently had a chance to meet this amazing artist and her daughter. They were both as sweet and talented as can be. I was also a bit suprised by how candid Margaret was and also a little shocked to see just how much she looks like her doe eyed paintings...click here for more about my meeting with Margaret Also, a keane fan, Carrie, was VERY kind and sent me this article that I have heard so much about. It is over 20 years old and still makes for an Interesting Read, as well as major insight to Margaret's transformation into painting smiling children, rather the the sad eyed urchins that she did 30+ years ago.

WALTER KEANE

Princess Megan Of The Besmirched World

I now know that Walter didn't actually do any of the painting- although he was a great business man and one of the reasons that this art form is recognized Here's an article about the time I met Walter Keane. He was very nice to me, and had some wonderful stories that he shared. My opinions have definitely changed about a lot of stuff, but here's how I felt at the time. I feel very lucky to have met him, and believe that his skills as a business person- is why 'big eyed' art became so popular. Dealing with celebrities and living the 'lifestyle' made the art all the rage with the stars. Without his promotion- we perhaps never would of seen Margaret's work in the limelight in 60's. As well as the rest of the movement that her style sparked. My meeting with Walter

REFERENCE and IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

A Partial List of Artists and Their Art

People often mistake KEANE for some of the other popular big eyed artists of the 60's. Does Maio paint big eyed animals? Does Gig do portraits of young harlequins? If you don't know, you can make some sense of it here at the GUIDE TO BIG EYED ART.

TRIBUTE WEBSITES

On-line Galleries and Info

Here's a quite comprehensive list and reviews of my friends sites who share a passion for those pathetic eyes. Don't miss this if you are looking for wonderful images and interesting articles and remembrences of this 'lost' art.
BIG-EYE ART LOVERS UNITE!

CONTEMPORARY BIG EYES

Big Eyed Artwork Today

It is true that for the most part the BIG EYED MASTERS stopped production of these paintings by the mid to late 1970's. But big eyed art- lives today! There are many artists that now incooperate, are influenced, or are simply big fans of the genre. Follow this link and feast your eyes on some of the most beautiful images being produced today.
BIG EYES NEVER DIE.

LITTLE MISS NO NAME

and other sad big eyed dolls

Little Miss No Name was a doll made by Hasbro in 1965. Not a big seller at the time. Can you imagine a young girl asking for a doll that looks like she has already been played with? So pathetic with a little plastic tear, potato sack dress, and hand that reaches out for love, affection, and some spare change. What a sad little girl.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, Little miss no name didn't involve Margaret Keane in the design process at all. I had always heard that they had something to do first hand with her creation, but a reliable source has told me that the look was just based on their painting- it wasn't something Keane was a part of.
I have some interesting letters written to me by people who have a doll for sale. Basically after they purchased them for their own collection, they end of having to get rid of them because their children freak out because the child thinks the doll is possessed or something. I have had several people so far e-mail me in search of these dolls. The story is pretty much the same "I got the doll for Christmas and my younger sibling was so horrified that my mother had to throw her away".
Other great big eyed dolls include, Susie Sad Eyes, Susie Slicker, Soul Sister, Lonely Lisa, Blythe and Love Me Linda. I'm working on an i.d. guide for these cuties- so check back

PROJECT BIG EYES!

for the serious enthusiast

I'm currently working on an extensive catalog of known big eyed images. This will never be for sale. The only way to receive one, is to donate needed images. If you have original artwork or unusual prints and would like your name to appear in the catalog- please let me know. Everyone who is involved will be properly credited next to the image they donate.
Each contributor will also receive a copy- it won't be available anywhere else, ever. However, this is currently on a hiatus- as I'm focusing on co-writing a book, tenatively titled "Big Eyed Masters". We are still looking for more info on the artists and hoping to hear from more collectors. So if you would like to be involved and receive a credit in the book plus your name next to any image of original artwork you donate--- if you haven't already.... please write.

I'd love to hear about your collections, obsessions, or rememberences as well as what you have for trade or for sale, or you can go straight to ebay where theres always something big eyed listed at jacked up prices. Gotta love it!! !
There is a ton of big eyed junk out there, (NOT ENOUGH!) and the longer I collect the more I realize that there was a bunch of strange stuff made with the big eyed look.
Here's a few items I'm looking for:
Ceramic & Plastic Big Eyed Cat & Dog figurines/planters (enesco&others), Susie Sad Eye Dolls, Blond Blythe Doll, Little Miss No Name Doll (Actually just the box that she originally came in), big eyed kid art by Keane, big eyed animal art by Gig , as well as art by Miree, Lee, Eve, Eden, Franca, Ward, Goji, Ishii, Gunilla, Miki, Sherle, Igor, Maio and amateur artists as well. Big eyed children plates and figurines by Margaret Keane, or anything else such as PUZZLES, Banks, Candles, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Wall plaques, Postcards, Toothpick Holders, lamps, etc...
But above all I am looking for more information about the lives of Big Eyed artists. If you have any information- please get in touch, don't let the memory of these artists die!!!!

E MAIL ME

If it doesn't work, Please try to e-mail me at besmirched@earthlink.net


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people probably have art that doesn't match their couch

special thanks to everyone who has big eyed stuff to link to, and to kim and noel for motivating me!
Last update * January * 2001
This page was created in March of 1997

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All photos and info is for private use only, do not redistribute or reproduce for public use


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