The art world is getting ready to shake things up. One of the greatest counterfeiters of modern history Arthur “Artorius” Williams Jr. is now a professional artist and subject of the book The Art of Making Money.
A compelling documentary detailing his wild escapade evading U.S. Secret Service agents while printing over $10 million dollars in fabricated money will air on VICELAND TV in a docu-series titled “Fine Young Criminals” this spring.
A modern day “Catch Me if You Can” story, Williams made national headline news with his incarceration. Upon his release from prison, Williams worked cleaning toilets, transporting cars, delivering liquor and painting houses to stay afloat.
Less than five years later, he sold nearly half a million dollars of his art in less than four hours at his debut show at The Setai Hotel that took place during Art Basel week in Miami Beach this past December.
Williams’ work of old paper currency on canvas with imbedded secret symbols, hangs in the homes of celebrities and ironically a few banks. Stars, including Sean Penn, are drawn to his captivating work.
Williams spent seven years in federal prison for counterfeiting the “impossible” to replicate 1996 $100 US bill. He spent millions in funny money on wild spending sprees and buying toys for poor and impoverished children in some of the roughest neighborhoods. “I was a modern-day Robin Hood,” insists Williams who claims he was merely redistributing wealth to those who needed it most.
His latest collection, 1875 Freedom Collection, focuses on the currency printed in honor of the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act and within each bill’s design is a powerful, female character representing the strength of America.
Be sure to check out the series, as well as his own gallery space opening in February.
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