© Keane Eyes Gallery
The world famous "Big Eye" paintings had their beginning in San Francisco over 50 years ago, by the artist Margaret Keane. In time they also became known and referred to as "Waifs," "Keane," "Sad Eyes," and many other titles, all depicting the unique styles of this very creative woman. You may be surprised to hear the artist is a woman. You see, for many years she was married to a man who claimed credit for what she painted. To prove she was in fact the artist and not her former husband, she painted in court before a Federal Judge and jury, an original oil on canvas painting. When her ex-husband was asked to paint by the judge, his reply was: "I can't today, because I have a sore shoulder." Needless to say Margaret won the case and she continues to paint those Big Eyes we have come to love so dearly.
After divorcing her husband, Margaret moved to Hawaii and lived there for almost 27 years. While there her style of painting changed in the sense that the paintings became brighter in color. And, after becoming one of Jehovah's Witnesses, the paintings became happier, since this changed her outlook on life. Though still painting with tears, they are most often tears of joy and not sadness. Presently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I truly hope you will get much enjoyment from viewing this site as it is developed in the coming months. In time you will see my offerings of Original Oil and Mixed-Media Paintings, Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Prints, Sculptures, Posters, Dolls, Jewelry and Garments.
Margaret will accept commissions, in case you or a relative happen to be the perfect subjects for an Original "KEANE" painting. Contact us to discuss the costs and details.
Robert L. Brown, Executive Director
Keane Eyes Gallery
3040 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109-1116
To visit the gallery, please CALL for an APPOINTMENT! We're located across the street from Ghiradelli Square, also know as The Chocolate Factory. Therefore, when you visit the area you will be able to get a double fix of KEANE and sweets. I’m sure your visit to the gallery will be most enjoyable, so come in and spend an hour. You will see more KEANE original paintings here than any other place in the world, many going back over 40+ years.
AVAILABLE ORIGINAL MIXED-MEDIA DRAWINGS
AVAILABLE SIGNED & NUMBERED LIMITED EDITIONS
AVAILABLE POSTERS ON PAPER AND CANVAS