Why wait decades for your talent to be recognised?
One young artist in Poland wanted his work displayed now. So he added one of his paintings to exhibits at a major gallery, filming himself in the process.
Three days went by before it was identified as an imposter.
“After completing four years of studies, I decided not to wait anymore and to take matters into my own hands and become visible on the art market,” said Andrzej Sobiepan, acknowledging that he was inspired by Banksy, the elusive British-based street artist.
The National Museum in Wroclaw saw the funny side, putting the painting on show in its cafeteria.
“We treated this action by the artist as a joke, a gag, a desire to be seen among the biggest names in Polish contemporary art. There was no threat to our artwork because everything took place far away from our original works. The painting was taken down and we decided to have it auctioned for charity with the artist’s consent.”
The painting has already made a name for itself and its creator. Andrzej Sobiepan may not yet rank with the Picassos and Andy Warhols of this world – but watch this space!