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Big Eye (Eyed) Girl: Vintage Art

Laura likes retro, vintage, old things. Choosing to preserve or repurpose is her dilemma - can't change your mind once started.


I was a child in the 70's. I still like 70's music more than any other. I remember my bedroom being decorated with huge flowers - the wallpaper and curtains matched. At the time it didn't seem at all retro or vintage. It takes time for anything to look kitschy after all.

There were so many little things I had back then that are prized artifacts now. I wish I had been able to keep more of them. But, we moved a lot. Then I grew up and started moving a lot myself.

One thing I miss are the big eyed girls I used to have on my walls. I didn't get them new, even back then. I had to wander into them at yard sales and thrift stores. That's still the only way I seem to find them now. But, I hardly ever find them these days.

I used to have about half a dozen of those sloe eyed girls. I liked the ones in the jester outfits, the girls who didn't look like children but could have been teenagers. I had a few in jester clothes and at least 2 others which were ballerinas. My little sister liked them too. She took a couple of mine and wouldn't give them back. Sisters...

Anyway, these days I only have one big eyed girl print left. I don't even have her up on a wall. I keep her packed away. I guess I either don't want to lose my last one or I want to make sure she isn't left out during the next move (whenever that will happen along).


Big Eyed Bradley Dolls

If you're a child of the 70's too, do you remember Bradley Dolls? They were another type of big eyed girl but not in paintings or prints. They were actual dolls.

Margaret Keane Links and Resources

Big Eye Girl Art

This could also be by Ward. The artist name was removed if it is.

This could also be by Ward. The artist name was removed if it is.

Big Eyed Girl Artists



Olivia on September 26, 2015:

Does anyone know who is the painter of the first painting is from?

J on June 03, 2015:

Starmom41, I know what you are talking about, and those indeed do fall under the category of Big Eye Art. Lee and Eve were the two artists best known for producing the mod/dancing/music kids.

Laura Brown (author) from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on August 06, 2012:

Thank you.

europewalker on August 06, 2012:

Interesting hub, love the beautiful art work :)

Laura Brown (author) from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on July 31, 2012:

I can't think of anything with record players. There are several different artists using the big eye theme. Some did paint modern kids in the 60's and 70's.

Starmom41 on July 31, 2012:

Very nice hub!

Would u possibly be familiar with a "kinda similar" art that consisted of heavy cardboard wall decorations of boys & girls in "mod" outfits, record players, etc. that were sold in sets and were advertised in those teenage magazines?

Laura Brown (author) from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on July 25, 2012:

I wish I could paint them myself. But, I'm even allergic to fresh paint. It's just not going to work out that way for me. lol

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 25, 2012:

I've always like the Big Eyed Girls art. There's something appealing about them.

Odelya from Tel Aviv on June 14, 2012:

Beautiful artworks and very interesting topic!

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