Book Review: Big Eye Art

First popularized in the 1950’s and ‘60’s by Margaret Keane’s waifs and Gig’s “pity kitties”, big-eye art has enjoyed a recent resurgence thanks in part to the emergence of a new generation of artists inspired by those early works. This collection includes the bios and musings of twenty-two big-eye fantasy artists with a full color sampling of their work. Many of the artists got started creating big-eyed art for their own amusement and from there, have merged the style with Gothic and fantasy elements as shown in this compilation. This is especially true of the work of Jasmine Becket-Griffith as seen in Dark Dragon or The Secret of Notre Dame with its strong Underworld ties or the fairies of Lindsey Cormier. Kelly Haigh’s work is disturbing in much the same way as Salvador Dali’s with a strangely twisted view of reality. Fantasy cats take center stage in Carrie Hawks striking pieces while Joanna Nelson presents an updated look to the classic “pity kitty” theme. A nice representation of the latest in big-eye art, complete with artist contact information that is sure to spawn an entirely new generation of collectors and quite possibly, new artists as they see the many possible directions of this unusual style. Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.

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