An art walk and talk with Mr. Kishore Singh at the prestigious National Gallery of Modern Art a year ago was the first time this thought came to my mind - 'How can you tell that your painting is a fake? And if it is, who do you consult?'
What a lot of us don't know is that along with the boom in the Indian art market over the last decade, there has also been the unprecedented birth of a multi-crore rupee fraudulent art industry. Most of these fakes are replicated so close to the original that, to the common eye, they'd look identical.
After putting in weeks of research and consulting various experts, artists and lawyers, my 'idea' to set up a possible authentication panel to safeguard the interests of artists and collectors, was crushed. Blame it on the inadequate art laws, corrupt government systems or simply on the fact that authentication rights pass on to the hands of a deceased artist's heirs or family members.
Although the presence of a certified body would help improve matters, it comes down to us - as collectors, artists, connoisseurs and consultants - to educate ourselves and others around us on how to avoid the purchase and sale of fakes and duplicates.
Here's a couple of tips I've put together to get you started -
Keeping these pointers handy when purchasing art will go a long way. Create a check-list and make sure you tick all the boxes!
Pass on the information to others around you so we can take on the #FightAgainstFake.
Artist Research (Contemporary Art) - www.saffronart.com ; www.mojarto.com ; www.artnet.com ; www.artsome.co
Artist Research (Modern Art) - www.dagmodern.in ; www.saffronart.com
Art Restorer - Mrs. Priya Khanna, Art Life Restoration Studio, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Art Experts - Mr. Kishore Singh, DAG Modern ; Ms. Ina Puri
Art & Antiquities Lawyer - Ms, Tejshree Savara, Anand and Anand
Shreya, the founder of Artinsic, shares her knowledge and experiences on art - one blog post at a time!