The Australian catches an art dealer in the act of passing works off as Aboriginal art when they were fabricated by someone who is not an Aboriginal Australian:
Adelaide dealer Tony Antoniou and his company, Australian Dreamtime Creations, were yesterday found by the Federal Court to have breached the Trade Practices Act by selling artworks by a non-Aboriginal man under the name of Ubanoo Brown.
Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association president Ian Plunkett was perplexed as to why an art dealer would use a non-indigenous person to create Aboriginal art.
“Either something’s done by an Aboriginal artist or it’s not,” said Mr Plunkett, who is also a director of Fremantle’s Japingka indigenous fine art gallery. “It’s bitterly disappointing. I can’t see the point. There are a lot of Aboriginal artists looking for work as well and are willing to paint.”
Dealer Guilty of Artwork Deceit (The Australian)