About Margaret

Margaret

 MARGARET KEANE

CREATOR OF KEANE EYESALSO REFERRED TO AS BIG EYED WAIFS.”  SHE HAS BEEN PAINTING SUCCESSFULLY FOR MORE THAN SIXTY (60) YEARS.

Born in 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee, Margaret has always loved to paint and draw since an early age.  She first made her paintings famous in San Francisco’s North Beach in the 1950s.

Margaret’s work drew little accolades from art critics but was loved and admired by the world.  Andy Warhol said, “I think what Keane has done is terrific!  If it were bad, so many people wouldn’t like it.”   Margaret went on to become one of the most successful living artist in the early 60s.

Margaret’s art gained wide favor and started a big-eyed movement in the early 60s, influencing a large crop of big-eyed artist such as Lee, Gig, Maio, Ozz Franca, Igor Pantuhoff, and Eve.  Margaret has created a legacy of Big Eyes influencing many toy designs and cartoons, such as Little Miss No Name Dolls, Blythe dolls the cartoon Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken.  And more recently numerous illustrators, New Contemporary and Pop Surrealism artist such as, Yoshitomo Nara, Mark Ryden, and Tim Burton.

One of Margaret’s favorite artist is Amedeo Modigliani, and His art has had a major influence in the way she’s painted women since circa 1959. Throughout the years Margaret has also been influenced by Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Leonardo da Vinci, Gustav Klimt, Edgar Degas, Picasso, Sandro Botticelli and Paul Gauguin.  Each of these artist have influenced Margaret’s use of color, dimension and composition.  Along with these great and awe inspiring artist, Margaret’s own creative genius of Big Eyes and women has continued to influence and inspire countless artist today.

Adored by fans and collectors Worldwide, at 87 years old, Margaret continues to paint almost daily in Northern California.  Margaret is one of the most prolific and influential artist ever, and is an American Icon and Modern Master.  Enjoy over 60 years of timeless art as you browse our website and experience Margaret’s labor of love.

 PEOPLE SHE WAS COMMISSIONED TO PAINT:

George Christopher – Mayor of San Francisco, California

Liberace – Entertainer

Adlai Stevenson – Politician and Diplomat

John and Carolyn Kennedy – Children of President John F. Kennedy

Walter Johnson – Palace of Fine Arts

Duke Kahanamoku – Hawaiian Olympic Champion

Don Ho – Hawaiian Entertainer

Tony Morabito – Former Owner of The San Francisco 49ers – this painting now hangs in the new Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara, CA.

Joe Perry – San Francisco 49ers, In The FootBall Hall Of Fame in Canton, OH

Leo Nomellini – San Francisco 49ers, In FootBall Hall Of Fame in Canton, OH

Hugh Downs – His Daughters

Jennifer Nicholsons children – Fashion Designer, Daughter of Jack Nicholson

Robert L. Brown – Executive Director, of Keane Eyes Gallery

FEATURE FILM:

“BIG EYES” a movie about the life of Margaret & Walter Keane, Directed by Tim Burton, and staring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz to be released December 25, 2014.

FAMOUS HOLLYWOOD ACTORS:

Natalie Wood – Robert Wagner – Kim Novak – Don Defore – Zsa Zsa Gabor – Joan Crawford – Merv Griffen – Jerry Lewis and Family – Dean Martin – Helena Bonham Carter – Lisa Marie – Linda Cardellini

NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS:

THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR A DRUG FREE TOMORROW – A Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Which Helps Children Stay Free Of Drugs, Alcohol And Tobacco

THE CHILD WELFARE LEAGUE –  (San Francisco Affiliate: KINSHIP CARE) Foundation Which Helps Children & Grandparents Unite, When The Parents Are Not Around For Any Number Of Reasons

SOHO PARTNERSHIP – Provides Training And Employment For The Homeless

NEW YORK TIMES – Created 6 Paintings From Designer Dresses, Fashion Layout For The NY Times Sunday Magazine

SOME OF THE MUSEUMS COLLECTING HER PAINTINGS:

BRUGES – Musee Communal Des Beaux-Arts

CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM OF ART – Hawaii & HAWAII – State Capital

MADRID – National Museum of Contemporary Art

MEXICO CITY – National Museum of Modern Art

TENNESSEE – Brooks Memorial Museum & Tennessee Fine Art Museum

TOKYO – National Museum Of Western Art

TRITON – Triton Museum of San Jose, California

LAGUNA ART MUSEUM – Laguna Beach, California

UNITED NATIONS – New York City (Our Children, Painting)

Margaret KEANE – Was named a Fellow of Western Arts after exhibiting in three annual juried shows at the M. H. De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California

SCHOOLING:

Watkins Art Institute – Nashville, TN;   Jacksonville Jr. College – Jacksonville, FL
Traphagen School Of Design – NY, NY;  Chaffey Jr. College – Ontario, CA