Peter Sinclair began making counterfeits in the mid-1990s, so owners of fine art paintings could keep their originals safe.
Today, the 58-year-old artist presents a full range of his “authentic Caravaggio forgeries” to show how easy it is to fake a painting.
Peter, who once owned Hawk Eyes Tattoo Carnival in Cleveleys, said: “It’s my way of rebelling against the art establishment. I have no respect for so-called experts who claim to know what they are talking about. They pontificate on a board that will turn out to be something that was scribbled on yesterday. I like when they are wrong.
Peter was inspired by an artist called John Myatt, who created fakes with emulsion paint. And Tom Keating – a Cockney who was imprisoned for conspiracy to defraud after passing off his forgeries as Old Master originals.
But he doesn’t try to pass his work off as original.
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“Each painting has a deliberate flaw. A varnish that has not dried well, a damaged or damaged canvas then repaired. I want to show what can be done with counterfeits. It’s an art, and it’s all perfectly legal. If you try to sell it as an original, you’re in trouble.
Peter, left Hampshire in 2000.
In 1996 his work was spotted by art restorer Peter Schmidt, who asked him to paint a copy of Caravaggio for an Irish collector.
“I was selling paintings at art fairs – buyers would put the copies on the walls and keep the originals in the safe. But because the art fairs were all held on farmland, they stopped because of BSE.
Her paintings are all in acrylic, done on stretched canvas in a range of sizes. He hopes the exhibit will inspire others to start painting.
“I just use what I have. You don’t need fancy colors and expensive canvases. All you need are primary colors, black, white and brown and you mix anything. You can paint with mud and a stick.
The Art Of Forgery runs from 15 June to 27 July 2022 at Hive Arts on Church Street, Blackpool.