Fact really is stranger than fiction. In 1995, art forger John Myatt was arrested by Scotland Yard detectives following a series of art forgeries himself and John Drewe had committed. Throughout their criminal career, the pair sold works claiming to be by Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Ben Nicholson and Graham Sutherland to Christie's, Phillips and Sotheby's, as well as dealers in London, Paris and New York.


Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 10.15.27 The Wedding Flowers by Chagall - reproduced by Master Art Forger John Myatt

After helping police with their investigation into Drewe, Myatt was sentenced to just one year in prison. In the final twist to the tale, Myatt now is a full time artist.

Myatt once stated: ''When I paint in the style of one of the greats… Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh… I am not simply creating a copy or pale imitation of the original. Just as an actor immerses himself into a character, I climb into the minds and lives of each artist. I adopt their techniques and search for the inspiration behind each great artist’s view of the world.''

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 10.15.38 Dali Dreams by Salvador Dali (original signed Lithograph print) 91 of 250

Now to the even more surreal, the master of Surrealism, Salvador Dali. Dali Dreams is an original signed Lithograph print, edition 91 of 250.

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 10.15.59 L’Animadora - Vermell by Miro (original Lithograph print number 10 of 75)

In Miro's L'Animadora - Vermell  the artist has been inspired to explore elements of Surrealism, imagination meets the real in a burst of colour.

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 10.15.09 The Genealogy Tree by Vladimir Kush (giclee print #150 of 250)

This painting by Vladimir Kush represents the artist's genealogic tree of art. While ascending the tree we can trace the birth and the development of his images and ideas as well as their interconnection. On the lowermost tier, cluster the sprouts the poppy podcell, blossoming horn of the gramophone, heart plant with an arrow shoot. At the foot are scattered the peculiar fruits fallen from the tree: the pearmandolin, apples ready for billiard battles. The trunk became a dwelling of the mysterious Roman emperor Nero. He invites us to sit down into a boat and opens the atlas of the genealogic journey.

The sale will take place on 22nd June, 2016. Check out William George & Co. on Barnebys here.