The Conman : The Extraordinary Story How One Amateur with a Pot of Emulsion Paint Mixed with KY Jelly Fooled the Art Experts Paperback
When a school teacher put a modest advertisement in Private Eye as a painter of 'genuine fakes', he had no idea that it would lead to him becoming a willing part of the biggest art fraud in Britain.
Among one of the few people who responded was the mysterious and magnetic John Drewe, apparently a Professor and inventor with impressive connections.
But really Drewe was a conman who was soon to take in the British Modern Art World with a scam that would last a decade.
Drewe, who knew, at first, little about the art world discovered that the art itself didn't really make any difference but it was the documentation of a work that mattered.
He commissioned some 200 works from Myatt who worked with B&Q emulsion paint, mixed in with KY jelly, over a decade.
It was only a naked a woman and a microwaved goldfish that would end the scam!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 357 pages
- Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 09/09/2010
- Category: Forgery, falsification & theft of artworks
- ISBN: 9781906142766