Thomas Kinkade FBI Investigation

Thomas Kinkade or the “painter of light” is reportedly under investigation by the FBI. It’s not the first time the saintly painter has been in hot water though.
Kinkade and senior executives have been accused of fraudulently inducing investors to open Thomas Kinkade galleries (selling just Kinkade paintings), and then financially ruining them.Continue Reading

eBay Art Fraud

eBay may be a great tool for contemporary painters to sell their work online as the paintings usually only sell for hundreds or perhaps a few thousand at most. So investors can afford to take a risk on the work.

But when paintings start selling for very large sums, art collectors seem reluctant to gamble online. One high profile case of art fraud that didn’t help the cause was back in 2000 when a Californian lawyer by the name of Kenneth Walton sold a fake Richard Diebenkorn painting for $135,805.Continue Reading