Visual Arts: 2D, 3D
Master Sculptor and Passionate Painter
Raised on Hollywood, sports and rock and roll music, David O’Keefe has an acute awareness for the images and personalities that have colored the lives of his generation. He just sees things differently – more intensely, edgier, somewhat more perspicuous than the average spectator.
The pop culture icons that we idolize, glamorize and glorify, O’Keefe visualizes for us in all their humanness as well as their stardom. O’Keefe began his art career at The Tampa Tribune as a promotion artist, dabbled in editorial cartooning under mentor, Wayne Stayskal, and spent several years as the Special Project’s Illustrator for the newsroom. 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. His advertising clients include Coca-Cola, WaffleHouse, Fuji and SunCom Communications.
O’Keefe’s work is transformative, capturing not just the likeness of his subjects, but their personalities as well. He is renowned for his epic Godfather and Caddyshack tributes, as well as many other popular stars of the last century. His work is sold through galleries across the country and in Europe. David O’Keefe Studios operated a solo gallery on St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota, Florida until 2014 and most recently in Channelside Bay Plaza, Tampa.
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, and the Society of News Design. Currently, O’Keefe is concentrating on creating new art through commissions approved licensees and selling his art through approved retailers and licensees. Please inquire to have David O’Keefe work with you on your favorite pop culture treasure.