Shaun Greenhalgh & Waldemar Januszczak at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

October 13, 2017


Confessions Of The Bolton Forger

Working out of a shed in his parents’ garden and with no formal art training, Shaun Greenhalgh (A Forger’s Tale) fooled the art world with his remarkable forgeries. He discusses his extraordinary story with Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak.

Written in prison, A Forger’s Tale details Shaun’s notorious career and the extraordinary circumstances that led to it. From Leonardo drawings to L.S. Lowry paintings, from busts of American presidents to Anglo-Saxon brooches, from cutting-edge Modernism to the ancient art of the Stone Age, Greenhalgh could – and did – copy it all. Greenhalgh had successfully fooled some of the world’s greatest museums. During the court case, the breadth of his forgeries shocked the art world and tantalised the media. What no one realised was how much more of the story there was to tell.

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