Former secondary school teacher John Myatt became embroiled in what Scotland Yard call ‘the biggest art fraud of the 20th century’. When he started in 1986, his materials were unorthodox; using household emulsion mixed with K-Y jelly to add body and fluidity to his brush strokes.
Between 1986 and 1994, John faked as many as 200 works by artists like Marc Chagall and Alberto Giacometti, fooling collectors and experts alike. He was persuaded to pick up his brush again by the detective who arrested him.
In recent years, he has emulated the style of legendary artists Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh. Comparing himself to an actor immersing himself in a role, he says he climbs into the mind of his chosen artist to adopt, rather than copy their technique.
“There are millions of painters who could do a copy of the Mona Lisa, but I’m very happy to look at doing a work in the style of Leonardo da Vinci. That’s the difference.”
Medium: Mixed Media
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