Artist JEFF LEEDY
"I laughed so hard, I almost forgot I was an attorney."
Jeff Leedy is recognized as one of the top humorous artists in the country. Through outdoor art shows, collectors, numerous gallery accounts and the licensing of his images onto products, he has built a national following. In his book, "Are You Laughing At My Art?", he devotes a full page to why he is funny. It says,You see, God gave me this strange set of contact lenses, and this is how I see life."One of Leedy's life goals has been to spread laughter in the world. Because of his fun-loving connection with people who come to enjoy and purchase his work he and Elaine, his wife and business partner, chose self-publishing to maintain that special connection. In 1988 Leedy introduced his now-famed "Demando Cat" at the premier Sausalito Arts Festival. Cat lovers four-deep screamed, "I must have that print -- that's my cat!"Since then, Leedy has self-published a myriad of open and limited edition prints, including his best-selling "Counsel Approaching the Bench," a courtroom scene which depicts two shark finds heading toward the judge. As he began to devote more and more of himself to his fine art -- Leedy's humor was out of the barn. "After I have an idea that's really funny and true, I picture the scene and characters from that visual library in my mind. Then I promise myself: first, that I will strive to make each piece as artistically satisfying as I can, and second, to have as much fun as I can. Then, it happens. My art is me."Born in New York at a very early age, Leedy was enrolled by his father at age 12 in the venerable Art Student's League in New York City. After earning his BFA degree in 1962 at Syracuse University School of Fine Art, he was back drawn to [...]
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