“Copyist” or Forger?

Hello everyone. I’m working on a proper post for tomorrow at some point, but I just came across this little article in Skynews.


Basically this guy is a master forger and is selling copies of the great paintings done by artists of old, like Picasso and such like. Now he isn’t saying they are originals, and the prices that he charges certainly don’t come close to the millions of pounds commanded by the originals……but apparently his lawyers have advised him to call himself a copyist, rather than a forger.

I say Pffft! to that.

If he is such a great artist who can replicate others – why he heck isn’t he painting his own damn stuff and selling THEM?

I believe that he did try at one point, to sell his own paintings –Β  but nobody bought them…..(aww bless, have a chocolate pickle.)

So….that’s my little rant over. I’m heading back to my original post for tomorrow, which I haven’t copied from anyone else and will have my very own photos and my very own words……. πŸ˜€


4 thoughts on ““Copyist” or Forger?

  1. Hmmm I’m not sure I agree on this one ☺️ The art world is a cutthroat business and it is nigh on impossible to make a living from painting unless you are a genius or happen to fit in with the latest fashion. People like famous paintings but can’t afford them so what’s wrong with buying a lookalike? I wouldn’t personally, but I agree with his lawyet: forger implies he’s trying to pass them off as originals and make huge amounts of money nefariously, but if he’s openly selling them as copies how is that different from selling postcards or posters of originals? Or musicians covering other people’s songs? He likes painting, is obviously good at it but not fashionable or original enough to make a living, I have no problem with it. It’s not like the original artist is going to lose anything. Ohhh we just had our first disagreement πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜‹

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    1. Haha! I love when people disagree with me…its your opinion, and its important. I do kind of see your point in that its just like postcards, or posters, and yes the art world is a very harsh one indeed when it comes to the fickle public’s taste. BUT….he has talent, and talent enough to learn to paint something (of his own) that the public DO like. And yes, if money is your goal then you have to churn out work that is in fashion, regardless of whether you *like* it or not. Money is this guys goal, and in my opinion, he is just being lazy going down a tried and tested route, instead of going his own way. He needs to research the so called art world and find out what sells…..there’s a lot of weird stuff out there, I’m sure he could come up with something! πŸ˜€

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