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Dan Avenell
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The BBC broadcast a British version of The Apprentice.. this week's exercise was selling "urban art".

One of the artists was a fellow called James Jessop, producing work like this. "Raising Hell" which sell for thousands.



You may recognise it from this Silver Sufer panel by John Buscema.



Here's another piece of his work, 'Demonology'



No mention that it just (a badly-painted) version of The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

His TV exposure has led to a few other people spotting where he has stolen images from though, so his exposure served some purpose, not that the art scene give a hoot if somebody 'co-opts' someone else's talent without giving credit of course.

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Posted: 14 May 2012 at 10:02am | IP Logged | 2  

And he thought Abomination's lips were teeth...
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Lars Johansson
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That is not what we in Europe refer to as an artist. Except for the teeth error and swiped art, which is very bad, the art is not on any art level at all, that's the error you make. It's a PAINTER or a STORYTELLING PAINTER. As such he can exist and be respected if he doesn't steal.
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Ian Penman
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Jessop's swipes didn't do him (or the Apprentice team) any good; they didn't manage to sell any of his work. The explanation given was that it was too big for most living rooms!
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Eric Smearman
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The only way I'd even consider being okay with this kind of thing is if
the original artist gets his due credit and a cut of whatever the new
piece sells for.
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Posted: 14 May 2012 at 5:44pm | IP Logged | 6  

How nice would it have been to see someone familiar enough with comics to recognize the panel and call it plagiarism on camera? Unfortunately, it is very obscure and I doubt I would recognize it.
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Jesus.  I think I could do that. 
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Charles Tyus
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One word...hack.
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Paul Lloyd
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Yeah, there were plenty of swipes in his work - Gene Colan, Mike Ploog... The worst one I spotted was a copy of this Glen Orbik painting.

 ...with the others he was at least re-arranging the elements of other people's work, so there's a tiny degree of originality. But this just seems like a direct copy. It's so blatant I wonder whether he's not a real artist, but a ringer planted by the show's producers. Or maybe he thinks he's making an ironic post-modern comment about Roy Lichtenstein and Pop Art. Or something. 
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Posted: 15 May 2012 at 8:46am | IP Logged | 10  

Isn't there an organization that goes after this kind of stuff when artist work is appropriated and not credited?
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ACID    .....Anti  Copying In Design.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 15 May 2012 at 12:27pm | IP Logged | 12  

So wrong. Has this made news anywhere?

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Brian Miller
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What I don't understand is how people ( and especially "art critics") that see this blatant copying and find any kind of originality and/or art at all. Can I now just start Xeroxing cover of comics from the '40's and just call them my art? The same amount of thought and feeling go into it.
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It's not the same I know, but when I was in my teens, I drew a picture of Green Lantern - and felt guilty that it was too similar to a panel from one of the comics (I spent a long time trying to draw him right). Yet people feel no guilt at all doing what has been described above.
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Leigh DJ Hunt
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Posted: 15 May 2012 at 3:21pm | IP Logged | 15  

Blimey, I watched that episode and didn't even spot the swipes. Maybe because they were such poor swipes. When does a swipe become so poor that it's no longer a swipe?!
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One great thing came of this-- I learned who Glen Orbik is! That's a nice discovery!
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Posted: 15 May 2012 at 5:56pm | IP Logged | 17  

I'm glad to hear no one bought his stuff, but it's disheartening to think that he may be making a living off of this.  It's terrible that there are a lot of Golden, Silver and Bronze Agers out there who can't pay the bills and also can't afford to go to conventions to sell commissions and original art, especially when there are guys like this out there.  (I'm not a fan of the lousy artists who seem to make bank working out of artist's alley selling their awful Harley Quinn prints, but that's a rant for another time.)

Not that the members of this forum need to hear this, but instead of dropping thousands of dollars on a hack job from someone like this, a hundred bucks can probably get you a pretty nice original from one of your favorite comic book series.  You score bonus karma points if you're able to buy it (or a commission) from the artist himself.  And your local comic shop probably has plenty of posters available if you're looking for something big to hang on your wall.  There are so many more and better options than buying a poorly-executed knockoff from an art school dropout.
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Posted: 16 May 2012 at 12:10pm | IP Logged | 18  

But that he dropped out has nothing to do with it. It is not possible for someone to enter art college by just adding paint to a canvas though. If you look at the picture supposed to look like Creature from the lagoon it's awoman there and it's all wrong. It could be some naivism or what it's called over there but in any case it's just a painter.
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Posted: 16 May 2012 at 12:26pm | IP Logged | 19  

I've got no idea if he's an art school dropout or has a master's degree in fine art, I was just grumbling about him undeservedly making a living off of his art.
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