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John Myatt

The artist behind 'The Greatest Art Fraud Of The 20th Century'Myatt began to paint in the 1980s. When his wife left him and their children in 1985, he decided that he needed to work at home to be with his children, and placed an advertisement in Private Eye magazine: "19th- and 20th-century fakes for ?240". He was contacted by John Drewe, who claimed to be a nuclear physicist who wanted the paintings for his home. When Drewe later told Myatt that Christie's had accepted his Albert Gleizes painting as genuine and paid ?25,000, he began to paint more forgeries.

According to later police reports, Myatt painted about 200 forgeries in a regular schedule and delivered them to Drewe in London. Police later recovered only 80 of them. Drewe sold them to the auction houses of Christie's, Phillips and Sotheby's and to dealers in London, Paris and New York. Myatt painted in the style of masters like Roger Bissiere, Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Matisse, Ben Nicholson, Nicholas de Stael and Graham Sutherland.

In September 1995, Scotland Yard detectives arrived to arrest Myatt. He went quietly and confessed, stating that he had created the paintings using emulsion paint and K-Y Jelly, a mixture that dried quickly but was hardly reminiscent of the original pigments. He estimated that he had earned around ?165,000, and offered to return ?30,000 and to help to convict Drewe. He had come to dislike the deception and Drewe.

In April 16, 1996 Police raided Drewe's gallery in the Reigate suburb of London and found materials he had used to forge certificates of authenticity. Drewe had also altered provenances of genuine paintings to link them to Myatt's forgeries and added bogus documents to archives of various institutions in order to "prove" their authenticity.

The trial against Myatt and Drewe began September 1998. On February 13, 1999, John Myatt was sentenced to one year in prison for a conspiracy to defraud and was released the following June after serving four months of his sentence. Drewe was sentenced for six years for conspiracy and served two.

After his release, Myatt has continued to paint commissioned portraits and clear copies, and has held exhibitions of his work.


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John Myatt - Vincent Van Gogh - Haystacks in Moonlight - Genuine Fake

John Myatt - Vincent Van Gogh - Haystacks in Moonlight - Genuine Fake

When his wife left him in 1985, Myatt gave up teaching to spend more time with his children, and attempted to make a living by painting original works in the style of well known artists. He placed an advertisement in Private Eye magazine which rea... More Details »

Date: 2006

Signed By: John Myatt on Rear Canvas

Edition: Original

Condition: Mint and framed

Medium: Emulsion and KY Jelly on Canvas

British Pounds£24000
US Dollars$31920
Euros€29616
Japanese Yen¥4119600

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John Myatt Original Painting On Board Ben Nicholson Abstract With Bottle Genuine Fake

John Myatt Original Painting On Board  Ben Nicholson  Abstract With Bottle Genuine Fake

Between 1986 and 1994, John Myatt forged more than 200 new works by surrealists, cubists and impressionists, passing them off as originals with the help of an accomplice, John Drewe, an expert at generating false provenances. Despite the fact that... More Details »

Signed By: John Myatt On Veso in pen

Edition: Original

Dimensions: 14 x 14"

Condition: mint & framed

Medium: Emulsion On Boad

British Pounds£6750
US Dollars$8978
Euros€8330
Japanese Yen¥1158637

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John Myatt Original Painting On Canvas - Carl Moll - Lady at writing desk

John Myatt Original Painting On Canvas - Carl Moll - Lady at writing desk

Between 1986 and 1994, John Myatt forged more than 200 new works by surrealists, cubists and impressionists, passing them off as originals with the help of an accomplice, John Drewe, an expert at generating false provenances. Despite the fact that... More Details »

Signed By: John Myatt On Verso - ''''''''Genuine Fake''''''''

Edition: original

Dimensions: canvas 24x24"

Condition: Mint Condition - Framed

Medium: Emulsion On Canvas

British Pounds£11500
US Dollars$15295
Euros€14191
Japanese Yen¥1973975

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John Myatt Original Picasso Pencil Scetch - Genuine Fake

John Myatt Original Picasso Pencil Scetch - Genuine Fake

Signed By: John Myatt on Rear

Edition: Original

Dimensions: Image 14 x 13"

Condition: Mint and framed

Medium: Pencil on Fine Art Heavy Paper

British Pounds£6000
US Dollars$7980
Euros€7404
Japanese Yen¥1029900

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SOLD - John Myatt Original Painting On Canvas - Robert Indiana - FAKE

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SOLD - John Myatt Original Painting On Canvas - Robert Indiana - FAKE

When his wife left him in 1985, Myatt gave up teaching to spend more time with his children, and attempted to make a living by painting original works in the style of well known artists. He placed an advertisement in Private Eye magazine which rea... More Details »

Signed By: John Myatt On Verso - ''''Genuine Fake''''

Edition: original

Dimensions: 10 x 10"

Condition: Mint

Medium: Emulsion On Canvas

British Pounds£0
US Dollars$0
Euros€0
Japanese Yen¥0

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SOLD - Morning On The Seine - Monet - By John Myatt

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SOLD - Morning On The Seine - Monet - By John Myatt

When his wife left him in 1985, Myatt gave up teaching to spend more time with his children, and attempted to make a living by painting original works in the style of well known artists. He placed an advertisement in Private Eye magazine which rea... More Details »

Date: 2004

Signed By: John Myatt On Verso

Edition: Original

Dimensions: 36 x 36"

Condition: Mint

Medium: Emulsion On Canvas

British Pounds£0
US Dollars$0
Euros€0
Japanese Yen¥0

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