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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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Armindo Macieira
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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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Eric Ladd
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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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Mike Benson
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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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Eric Ladd
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Isn't there an organization that goes after this kind of stuff when artist work is appropriated and not credited?
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Ian Penman
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ACID    .....Anti  Copying In Design.
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Robbie Parry
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So wrong. Has this made news anywhere?

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