Creative people tend to be interesting characters, but perhaps few can boast a life as fascinating as that of artist John Myatt. He has written a chart topping song, spent time in prison, been embroiled in an infamous art fraud and is to be the subject of a Hollywood movie! We should also mention that he is an extremely talented artist whose work is highly sought after!
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From A Hit Record to Genuine Fakes
John Myatt penned the 1979 hit "Silly Games" which was sung by Janet Kay. But his life took a turn for the worse when his wife walked out on him and left him to look after their two small children. He had a poorly paid job as a teacher at the time but wanted to work from home to be close to the kids so he turned to painting. He discovered that he had an extraordinary talent for painting in the style of the worlds greatest artists. He placed an advert in Private Eye which amusingly offered "Genuine Fakes". This spawned a successful business for Myatt.
The Biggest Art Fraud of the 20th Century
He was then contacted by a potential client who claimed to be a nuclear physicist and who commissioned 14 paintings. One of these was a piece in the style of Albert Gleizes. Unfortunately, the mysterious client sold the picture for £25K at Christies and Myatt found himself drawn into what has been described as the biggest art fraud of the 20th century. He painted over 200 fakes which were sold for large sums of money. Myatt received very little of this.
John Myatt eventually put a stop to the fraud, cooperated with the police and spent a few months in prison. He said that he would never paint again but the Scotland Yard detective who had arrested him commissioned a family portrait and convinced him to return to painting. His first exhibition of original work was a complete sell-out. This was followed by a collection of limited editions in the style of Claude Monet which was oversubscribed.
These days Myatt is a successful painter of what could be described as legitimate fakes. These outstanding compositions in the style of revered artists are popular with collectors all over the world. He continues to issue collections of signed limited edition prints and we are delighted to showcase these here at the Enid Hutt Gallery. You will discover fabulous works in the style of Salvador Dali, Johannes Vermeer, Claude Monet, Marc Chagall. Joan Miro and Henri Matisse.
If you would like to know more about John Myatts roller coaster of a life, his story has attracted interest from Hollywood and is soon to be the subject of a movie. This will be called "Genuine Fakes". Sometimes truth is more incredible than fiction!