It’s set to be a busy year for John Myatt, who hit the headlines in the 1990s after finally being caught for painting fakes so realistic they fooled even professors and art historians.
Now a legitimate artist, the former teacher has recently appeared on major TV series including BBC1’s Fake or Fortune and Sky Art’s Mastering the Art and Brush with Fame. And with Vincent van Gogh a hot topic (be sure to check out the Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent) and upcoming artist appearances, we thought it would be a great time to recap some of his most convincing works yet.
John’s poignant homage to the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent, saw him tackle some of the artist’s most famous works, including ‘Oleanders’, ‘Starry Night’ and ‘The Church at Auvers’. He describes visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam as “unforgettable”.
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Comparing himself to an actor immersing himself in a role, John says he climbs into the mind of his chosen artist to adopt their technique and emulate their style. We’re in awe of his interpretation of the ‘Mona Lisa’, originally painted by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.
For his Monet in Majorca collection, John travelled to the Mediterranean paradise to create paintings in the style of Claude Monet. “He was the founder of Impressionism,” John explains. “Anyone who takes their paints and easel outside today is in his debt.”
Never one to turn down a challenge, John has also taken on Raoul Dufy, Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Johan Vermeer, Henri Matisse and P.A. Renoir.
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