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Portrait of John Myatt, Artist and Art Forger, by Travis Simpkins

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Recently, artist Travis Simpkins created a portrait illustration of John Myatt: artist, teacher and convicted art forger. Together with John Drewe, John Myatt perpetrated what has been described as “the biggest art fraud of the 20th Century.” Prior to his arrest in 1995, Myatt created about 200 forgeries of works by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Ben Nicholson, Jean Dubuffet, Marc Chagall and others. Scotland Yard has only recovered 80 of the phony works, with the rest still floating around the art market. The criminal exploits of Myatt and Drewe are highlighted in the book, “Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art” by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. Today, John Myatt sells his paintings (made in the style of other artists) as “legitimate fakes” and host a popular BBC art instruction program.

External Link: Portrait of John Myatt, Artist and Art Forger, by Travis Simpkins

The LCS Presents Secret Self Volume One

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This is The Little Chimp Society’s maiden voyage into producing art zines and will hopefully be the first of many. Secret Self Vol. 1 is a collection of ten secrets and ten self-portraits by an international bunch of very talented illustrators. The art zine was design and curated by Darren Di Lieto (founder of The LCS) and you can buy it from The LCS right now.

Buy Secret Self Volume One!

All funds raised from the sales of the zine will go towards supporting the LCS and it’s future art projects. You can find out more about this project on the Secret Self Project Page.

A big thank you goes out to all Vol. 1 contributors… Mark Hammermeister, Clayton Hanmer, Steven Hughes, Violet Lemay, Simon Myers, Daniel Nyari, James O’Brien, Amanda Sartor, Paul Shipper and Junichi Tsuneoka. Thanks guys!

Lecrae Portrait by Robert Carter for Invisible Creature Inc.

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Thrilled to have been asked to create a portrait of Grammy award winning Hip-Hop artist, Lecrae for the song ‘Fear’ off his latest album ‘Anomaly’.

Related Awards:
The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles 53 Bronze Award
The Society of Illustrator 57 Awards Annual Exhibition
Creative Quarterly 37

External Link: Lecrae Portrait by Robert Carter for Invisible Creature Inc.

Intelligent Sentient?

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Luke Ramsey Hardcover Book published by Drawn & Quarterly, available Feb 10th

Intelligent Sentient? is a series of images that are tied together not in narrative but in a progressing theme, the takeaway being that everything is connected. The drawings contain the fine detail of a watchmaker and the visual scope of a social reform muralist. This book is meant to be read forward and backward and returned to and treated like a mystical text.

22.95 USD – U.S. Dollar BUY ME

Travis Simpkins Creates Portrait of Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum

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Recently, artist Travis Simpkins completed a portrait illustration of Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. Mr. MacGregor was appointed to the distinguished position in 2002, and his many contributions have been met with applause. Previously, Neil MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery, a post he held from 1987-2002. As an Art Historian, he is the author of many books, including the popular “A History of the World in 100 Objects.”

External Link: Travis Simpkins Creates Portrait of Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum