WHAT ARE THE FAB FAKES?
In 1998, one of Tuggerah Lakes Art Society’s (TLAS) members, Brian Hasler, founded the FAB FAKES Art Exhibition. His idea of the best way to learn art, like many art tutors, was to emulate the ‘masters’. To copy – make a ‘forgery’, a fake of a masterpiece. This contest eventually became a tradition over the years, attracting artists from all over Australia. Now, by popular demand, judging by the results from last year’s event, Fab Fakes 2017 returns to The Art House, Wyong, in mid November for what will be the biggest exhibition of its kind in Australia.
‘Fab Fakes’ are recreated masterpieces of paintings by famous artists. The artist whose work is being copied must be deceased by 70 years.
“Emulating the masters has long been heralded across the globe as one of the best ways to learn art, which is how the exhibition originated,” said Gail Brigden-Vice, President of the Tuggerah Lakes Art Society. “It’s wonderful to see the interest and standard of entries continue to grow each year.”
Copied Old Masters Artworks have previously included work from Degas, Rubens, Turner, Constable, Matisse, Waterhouse, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, McCubbin, Streeton, Ashton, Gruner, Lautrec, Gaugin, Cezanne, Picasso and many others.
The exhibition is open to all artists in NSW and the ACT. Any medium can be used, but must be in the same colours as the original artists.
First prize – Best Copy of a Masterpiece – $3000.
Second Prize – runner up $1000.
The exhibition will be held in The Art House Wyong, from November 15-25, 2017 and will be open daily from 10am to 4pm, weekdays plus viewing in the evening during the day and weekends in conjunction with the Wyong Drama Group – Coast Theatre Company’s production of “Allo Allo”.