Who is Margaret Keane? She is an artist of American origin. Her style of art is what has made her famous. Keane drawing paintings have big eyes, and they are mainly of children, women, and animals familiar to her. Margaret Keane has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million US dollars.
Margaret D. H. Keane was born as Peggy Doris Hawkins. She was born on 15th September 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee. It is unfortunate that at the age of 2 when undergoing a mastoid operation, her eardrum was permanently damaged. That consequently affected her hearing. At the age of 10, Keane was taking a few drawing classes at the Watkins Art Institute in Nashville. Margaret attended Traphagen School of Design in New York when he was 18 years old. She studied there for only a year.
Frank Richard Ulbrich was the first husband of Margaret Keane. God blessed the couple with a daughter. In 1955, she married Walter but left him in 1964 and divorced him in 1965. After the divorce, she migrated to Hawaii where she became a Jehovah’s Witness. In 1970, she and Dan McGuire got married. Margaret Keane had met the Honolulu Sports Writer still in Hawaii. She left Hawaii for California in 1995 after 25 years. She currently lives in Napa County, California.
On a radio broadcast in 1970, Margaret demanded the credit of a painting that many people thought belonged to Walter Keane, the ex-husband. She went ahead and filed a legal action against both The USA Today and Walter. The paper had claimed that Walter was the real artist. After the judge asked both Margaret the offended and Walter the accused to draw a similar painting in the courtroom, the latter declined.
Margaret, on the other hand, did it in 53 minutes. The jury ruled in her favor, and she was to be paid $4 million as compensation. After a federal appeals court overturned the deal later, she didn’t look bothered. For Margaret, justice is all that mattered. She was happy knowing that people were not aware of that she was the real painter. Margaret had been commissioned by several Hollywood actors to paint their portraits.
They included Natalie Wood, Joan Crawford, and Jerry Lewis. In the 1990s, Margaret had another fan. He is none other than Tim Burton who is the director of the 2014 biography film ‘The Big Eyes’ about her life. Tim is a Keane’s art collector. He asked her to paint a portrait of Lisa Marie who was his girlfriend then.
Prestolite manufacturing company brought and presented Keane’s art to the United Nations Children’s Fund in 1961. Keane’s big eyes paintings have influenced toy designs. Examples are the carton ‘The Powerpuff Girls’, Little Miss No Name and Susie Sad Eyes dolls.
How much is Margaret Keane Net Worth in 2017
Margaret Keane’s career path as an artist has been a success. Having been commissioned to paint people’s portraits and through exhibits. Margaret Keane has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million US dollars as of 2017.
Margaret Keane is an American artist. She has a unique style of drawing. She mainly draws eyes, and this is because, after the surgery that affected her hearing, she had to look into peoples eyes to understand what they were saying. Keane says that the drawings say a lot about her life.