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


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.

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Travis Simpkins

Travis Simpkins is a freelance artist, specializing in portrait illustration. His works are in numerous collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. His clients include companies/personalities in the Film, Television, Radio, Music and Publishing industries, law enforcement agencies, museums, universities and municipal institutions. Travis is also a dedicated Art Museum employee and consultant. His efforts and connections have culminated in the addition of 300+ works of Art to the permanent collection of the Worcester Art Museum, including 94 woodblock prints by Toshi Yoshida. Travis' artistic skills have benefited the promotion of WAM programs involving the Audience Engagement, Education, Curatorial, Conservation and Marketing Departments. For the past several years, he has provided security training for newly hired art museum guards. In addition, Travis spent two years working in architectural conservation, aiding in the restoration of an 18th Century historic home in central Massachusetts. His art contributions and museum work have been featured in various publications, newspapers, web features and periodicals. As a professional artist, Travis Simpkins is a highly skilled observer. His unique eye for aesthetic detail, combined with a background in museum collections, preservation, research and security work lends itself perfectly to study, promotion and outreach related to Art Crime, Art History and Archaeology. In addition to Art Crime Illustrated, Travis Simpkins is also a regular contributor to www.stolencavalier.com , along with Art Crime and Security experts Anthony Amore (Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) and Vicki Oliveri.