Vintage Big Eye Art is New Again
Do you remember the big eye art from the 1970s?
I have a few prints. Still among the packed up stuff from my last move a few years ago. (Yes, we all seem to have stuff we carry around that way). Even though I don't have my big eyed girls up on the wall I won't be donating or selling them. They were a feature of my childhood bedroom, one of the few things I have been able to keep all these years.
The artist of the original big eye art was Margaret Keane. But, she wasn't the only one producing the style. My favourites come from Maio, Eden, Goji and Ward. These seem harder to find.
I bought this book a few years ago, when it was just new out in the stores. I loved seeing the modern versions of big eyed girls. So many new versions, ideas and so much creativity.
Vintage Big Eye Girls
Big Eye Art and Artists
Big Eye Art is Becoming "Collectible" Due to the Movie about the Life of Margaret Keane
As I began looking for fresh links for the big eye girl art I discovered a movie coming out about Margaret Keane and her husband Walter, who had long taken credit for the art. Likely due to the upcoming movie there has been some new interest in big eye art and the prices on eBay have gone to less than $10 for a single (or even a set of 2 or 3 prints) to over $30 for one print. Most of the prints for sale on eBay looked rough. Big eye art was not hugely collectible, until now it seems. So the prints were not given much tender, loving care.
The New Big Eye Art
New artists have taken up the style (genre) of big eye art. Most of these have taken the sad big eye look and spun it into fantasy or horror. For me this does stray from the original art because they lose the mystery and simple sadness of the original theme. If you can see what is making her sad the art doesn't have that allure of mystery and wanting to see deeper, to know what is behind those sad eyes.
Of course, the new art is beautiful with a lot of fantasy and creativity. Now and then I do find an artist who captures the original qualities too. I think it is more fun or just easier to sell the art which includes things people know (old horror stories, science fiction and dragons, mermaids, etc). So although there is a renewed interest in big eye art it has lost something in the transformation.
Big Eye Art Links
Not so long ago I could buy big eyed art prints for next to nothing. Few people thought about them, they were just old 1970s styled junk. I could find them at garage sales and thrift stores. Not any longer. Since becoming vintage and trendy the old prints are in demand and becoming expensive (for old junk).
It is nice to see new artists inspired by the old art. If you can't find or afford vintage big eyed girls take a look at these creations.
- Big Eye Artist Collective on Facebook
- Big Eye Art Today on Flickr
- Big Eye Art Vintage and Retro on Flickr
- Big Eyed Art Bonanza
- Blonde Blythe
- Jasmine Becket-Griffith
- Jaz Higgins
- Lizzy Falcon
- Jamie Brown
- Emma Mount
- Kathy R. Jeffords
- (Betty) Pink Glitter Fae Art
- Marie Larkin
- M Medeiros
- Lisa Petrucci
- Kelly Haigh
- Tati Suarez
- Marisol Spoon
- Kristen Margiotta
- Adriana Almanza
- Maio Art on Facebook
Big Eye Girls
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