Leedy acclaimed San Francisco Bay Area Artist, is quickly becoming
recognized as one of the top humorous artists in the country. Through
outdoor art shows, numerous gallery accounts and the recent licensing of
his images onto products, he is building a national following and, as he
paints yet another big nose into a sea of vibrant yet serene color he
says, "I am the collision of the New Yorker and Impressionism."
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 contact in 1988. Leedy
introduced his now-famed "Demando Cat" at the premier Sausalito Arts Festival.
Cat lovers four-deep, exclaimed, "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 fins actively
heading towards the judge.
In time he began to devote more of himself to his fine art -- and
Leedy's humor was out of the barn. "After I have an idea that's really
funny and true, I make up the scene and the characters from 'the visual
library in my mind'. Then, I promised myself two things: 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 getting his BFA degree in 1962
at Syracuse University School of Fine Art, he was drawn to NYC and San
Francisco where he spent 15 years with top ad agencies, such as Young &
Rubicam, creating TV and print campaigns and picking up a prized Clio
and other awards. In 1974 he relocated and fell in love with Sausalito
In 1987, the NY Society of Illustrators (a conservative bunch) chose
Leedy to receive their "Gold Funny Bone", one of three awarded out of a
field of 3300 applicants. Since then, he has exhibited in international
humor exhibitions in Japan, Belgium, Italy, and the country that brought
us yogurt: Bulgaria.
In the future, Leedy hopes to
paint murals in public spaces, any place that needs a good dose of joy.
"Imagine yourself coming into a big hospital lobby, maybe a rail station
or public building and there, huge on the wall is a work of art that
absolutely cracks you up. How good to feel that way. Underneath the
painting a tiny plaque. It reads: "Are you laughing at my art? Well
good. You look like you could use a laugh."
Jeff Leedy art work can be purchased as originals, prints, and posters.