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
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 KEANEPrincess 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
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 GUIDEA 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
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
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
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
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".
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....
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
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
Come Be Besmirched, and see other pages I've created
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
p a g e d e s i g n (c) M e g a n B e s m i r c h e d 1 9 9 7-2 0
all artwork is (c) by the individual artist(s)
All photos and info is for private use only,
do not redistribute
reproduce for public use
DO YOU REMEMBER BIG EYES FROM YOUR
CHILDHOOD? DO YOU LOVE THEIR SWEET BIG EYES? OR DO THEY COMPLETELY CREEP
OR MAYBE YOU CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT? THEN LEAVE A
MESSAGE OR CHECK OUT WHAT OTHERS HAVE
IN THE GUESTBOOK!!!