Fake implies not real. No longer immediately assumed to be fraudulent, fake flowers, faux finishes, costume jewelry, fun fur and even fake art all have their place in our post pop, post modernist aesthetic.

Forgeries (real fakes that is, not fake fakes like mine) intend to deceive. The more they achieve this goal, the more valuable they are.  Forgery works when the forger becomes invisible, and the viewer/buyer is fooled, But art about art is fakery exposed and manipulated on purpose by the artist. It takes art as the subject of the work itself. The original appears as if in quotations. It is the interplay of the primary and secondary levels that makes the pieces work.


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  • FAKE!

    Exhibition postcard for FAKE! Burlington VT 2004

  • Woman in Front Of A Fireplace

    Liza Matisse aka Liza Cowan. From the series FAKE! Paintings by Liza Matisse et al. Reverse paint on window.

  • THE ROUMAINIAN BLOUSE. Homage to black and white reproductions

  • The Roumanian Blouse

    reverse painting on old window. ©Liza Matisse aka Liza Cowan

  • Liza Leger

    From the series FAKE! Paintings by Liza Picasso, Liza Leger and LIza Matisse. Acrylic on canvas

  • Liza Leger

  • Liza Leger. Woman with Chicken

    From the series FAKE! Paintings by Liza Leger et al. Liza Cowan Ink and acrylic on paper

  • Liza Picasso: Marie Therese

    From the series FAKE! Paintings by LIza Picasso, Liza Matisse and Liza Leger. Reverse painting on glass.


    I saw this Picasso ceramic at an exhibition in Quebec. Painting in acrylic on canvas.

  • THE BLUE RIDER.Click her for more about Picasso's child with dove.

    Not a certifiable FAKE, this is a blend of a Picasso-inspired horse and the color palette of the Picasso painting, Child with Dove.

  • Liza Woman Ray

    Reverse Paint on Glass. After Man Ray photograph

  • Leda

    Reverse Paint on Window. After Leonardo DaVinci, Leda and The Swan.

  • Fake Buddah with fake text

    Acrylic on canvas


    Acrylic on canvas. 4'x6'. After Tibetan Buddhist paintings of the Goddess Tara. Note the Leger-inspired flowers and her sassy expression.


    Acrylic on paper