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“Are You Laughing At My Art?”
This is an artist who comes to make you laugh. Wait a minute. This is ART! I'm not supposed to laugh, am I?
Yes you are, especially when you entered Art That Makes You Laugh®, the Leedy humor galleries formerly located in Sausalito and Mendocino, California. This
is the work of Jeff Leedy, internationally known fine art humorist.
Whether you crack up at "Counsel Approaching The Bench" or "Dogus Interruptus", you’ll find yourself in a lighter, happier mood. Jeff Leedy's art just makes people happy.
One customer quipped,
" I laughed so hard, I forgot I was an attorney."
After graduating from Syracuse U. just after the Spanish American War, Leedy began a 15-year career in advertising after being told, "Advertising would be the most fun he could have with your clothes on." Hah! Several big NY ad agencies including Y&R used his talents until he braved his way to San Francisco where he won a Clio, the “Oscar” of advertising.
After the ad business, he freelanced as a humorous illustrator and did so for eight white knuckle years. And then, he hit a wall and needed a big change.
“God gave me this strange set of contact lenses
and this is how I see life.”
Two turning points happened simultaneously in 1989. First, Leedy entered—and won—a gold medal in the NY Society of Illustrators first Humor Show, beating out 3500 international entries. And second, his new oil pastel style was accepted into the Sausalito Art Festival, the #1 outdoor show in the country, (where he has exhibited for 18 years). His originals and reproductions are a delight to his customers. His works have been licensed onto t-shirts, note cards, mugs and calendars while his business also has over 25 wholesale accounts that sell his reproductions. From 1998 to 2008 Leedy operated Art That Makes You Laugh® the Leedy humor gallery in Sausalito and Mendocino, CA. Tens of thousands of customers from all over the world came in, purchased and laughed their asses off, out the door.
Leedy gives utmost thanks to his wife and partner, Elaine, who keeps the boat afloat and is a fine art pastelist in her own right.
Now with over 80 images in print and over 250,000 of his works sold to customers all over the world, Leedy is going digital by putting his humor (stills and video) on web sites all over. This digital humor, called The Funday Sunnies®, will ensure that Leedy’s humor endures into the techno-future.
The public welcome and acceptance of his two galleries and at the hundreds of juried outdoor art shows has been overwhelming. Leedy feels that it is his mission to share and spread the humor and laughter that he was given by God.
And lucky for us Art That Makes You Laugh® does just that.
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