Artworks by a master forger go on show in Burgess Hill

Max with one of his works
Max with one of his works

An accomplished artist who has been jailed three times for forging famous masterpieces is currently staging an exhibition of his work.

Max Brandrett - dubbed Max The Forger - now concentrates on what he calls ‘fake but legit’ works, examples of which are now on show at Unit 52 - the former Barnado’s shop - in The Martlets, Burgess Hill.

The venue itself is fitting as 70-year-old Max grew up in a Barnado’s home before he started work as an animal helper in a circus, later turning his hand to signwriting and, ultimately, painting.

Among canvases on show at the exhibition - which is on until December 20 - are those in the style of the Italian artist Caravaggio, along with more modern artists Jack Vettriano and Norman Rockwell. Also included in the exhibition - entitled Fakes’ Progress - is a ‘Reubens.’

Max’s works are on sale with prices ranging up to £4,000.