Maryann Jenkins proves to be a classical copycat

By Kyabram Free Press

ARTIST Maryann Jenkins is a copycat.

Accuse most creatives of such thing and you might just cop a smack to the face.

But for Echuca’s Ms Jenkins, it is a term to be worn with pride.

She and artist Joyce Demspey have been recreating the work of great European and Australian painters for the Fab Fakes exhibition, on show at the Kyabram Town Hall.

Fab Fakes is a way for the public to interact with art that they might never get the chance to see.

There are 24 paintings that recreate works including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Monet’s Waterlilies, Munch’s The Scream, and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

The two artists contacted galleries around the world to secure photographs of the originals.

“The whole project has been a huge challenge. You learn a lot from copying the techniques of the masters, and we did research before starting the pieces on the artists’ history and practise,” Ms Jenkins said.

And for those who might not have a few spare million but might have a few spare hundred, the paintings are available for purchase.

One of the most challenging recreations turned out to be the one closest to home.

“Young and Jacksons ‘Chloe’ was really difficult. It’s an iconic piece of art in Melbourne and there is a lot of community ownership, so you really have to get it right,” Ms Jenkins said.

Fab Fakes is open now and will run until July 26.