How Easy Is It To Replicate A Famous Painting?

Aug 22, 2013

The painting at left is ‘Young Woman in a Small Ruff’ by Amedeo Modigliani. The one at right is Susie Ray's copy.
Credit Wikipaintings and Susie Ray Originals

Susie Ray, a painter in London, recently opened an art gallery called Susie Ray Originals. Inside, Ray displays what she calls her “original copies” of famous masterworks by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh and many others. Her copies are so good they’ve fooled the art auction firm Sotheby’s, but she tells guest host Sean Cole she has no intention to deceive anyone. “You don’t want to get into that world,” she says. “A lot of former forgers have ended up dead.” Trained as a scientific illustrator at London’s Kew Gardens, Ray has an uncanny ability to look at a something and reproduce it perfectly, without tracing or using computer tricks.

Also in this show: Performance artist Sara Juli handed out her life savings to an audience. They could give the cash back or walk out with it; Kate McGuire was driving home one day when she looked away from the road to her GPS unit. She didn’t see she was driving toward a parked car and a man standing beside it; and 30 years after the assassination of Benigno Aquino, one of the most prominent opponents of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Aquino's brother-in-law tells the story of what happened the day he was killed.