So anyway.. there’s this guy.. one Chad Love-Lieberman. He’s apparently more incredibly awesome than us mere mortals. He’s a rapper, has dated Paris Hilton, and has had his testicles insured for 1.4 million dollars. He is also the creative genius behind website ‘Art4love.com’, where he sells his creative, original artwork to wealthy designers and homeowners…
He is also a colossal rotten filthy bastard.
Apparently, he’s been yoinking random bits of art off sites like DeviantArt and claiming them as his own. He’ll sell them as a glicee print* complete with a ‘certificate of authenticity’ for a thousand bucks. This comes as a great surprise to the artists who have had their work stolen, as many of them would be willing to part with the actual originals of their artwork for a tenth that, or even a nice cheeseburger in some cases.
This came to my attention from the blog of Ursula Vernon, an awesome artist and kid’s book author, as one of her pieces was appropriated by this waste of skin. Needless to say, given the close-knit community of independant artists on DeviantArt, the baying hounds of the Internet have been let loose. I do not expect this to end well for him.
I’m rather fond of the Campus Socialite’s article on the guy, which was edited retroactively once… certain errors... were pointed out. It’s a fairly blah article, made hilarious by the editing. http://www.thecampussocialite.com/new-york-multimedia-pop-artist-insures-his-own-nuts/
*Glicee prints are printed on canvas using an inkjet-like process with actual oil paint, often with molded ‘brush strokes’ for ‘authenticity’. Most Kincade ‘originals’ are done this way. They are pretty much worthless to art collectors, but fare somewhat better than paper prints in that regard. Basically it’s a poster printed on canvas.