Genuine Fake (In the style of Roy Lichtenstein) by John Myatt
Notice anything familiar about this piece? You may well do, as it comes from John Myatt, an artist who has built his career on his ingenious ability to adapt the style of other artists.
The former art teacher has not always used his skills with a paintbrush for legitimate purposes. In 1999, he received a 12-month prison sentence for his part in ‘the greatest art fraud of the 20th century’.
After a spell in prison, Myatt vowed not to pick up a paint brush again, but was persuaded – by the officer who arrested him, no less – to harness his artistic talents in a positive way. Not only did he begin to paint his “genuine fakes”, he has also worked with Scotland Yard’s arts and antiques squad to help them spot forgeries.
His latest collection, aptly titled ‘Fake’, is his most ambitious yet. Casting his determined gaze and practiced paintbrush across decades of art works, he produces startling renderings of many well-known pieces. From the bold geometry of Joan Miró, to the dreamy impasto of Claude Monet, Myatt expertly shifts between each celebrated artist, absorbing their subject, form and style with finesse and flair.
Fake was launched at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair earlier this month and now a selection of limited edition prints from the exhibition are available to view at various galleries throughout the country.
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