May 21, 2009
I've always loved caricature and I really admire those artists who have this gift. It has to be a gift because they have to identify some striking characteristics of that person and then exaggerate it in order to create a super comic and grotesque effect. Now imagine creating sculptures? That is exactly what David O’Keefe does in a level of mastery that is incredible. The first time I saw his work, I got totally blown away.
When asked by his high school guidance counselor in the tenth grade what career he would like to pursue upon graduation, David O’Keefe simply replied, “artist.” Since that time, O’Keefe has lived with a sketchbook in his hand. His sardonic caricatures and humorous illustrations have appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Mad Magazine, The Village Voice and within the pages of TIME. O’Keefe’s work has won numerous awards from such organizations as The Society of Illustrators (NY and LA), American Illustration, Communication Arts, National Headliner Awards, Dimensional Illustrators, Art Director’s Club of NYC, and the Society of News Design.