Central Somerset artist in plagiarism battle
A central-Somerset-based artist found herself at the centre of an art scandal this week, when she spotted an American artist selling some familiar looking paintings online.
Nancy Farmer, from Moorlinch, is well-known for her paintings which have roots in fantasy, satire and fetish themes.
“They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and I was certainly being extensively ‘flattered’,” said Ms Farmer.
“I discovered that work that looked like several of my paintings were being sold with a price tag of $900 attached.”
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Intrigued, Ms Farmer’s partner contacted the artist to ask where she got the inspiration from and was told it was “straight out of my head.”
Ms Farmer then took to her blog to tell her friends and fans about the works she had found online.
She also notified the website which was selling them on behalf of the American artist, who removed them from sale almost immediately.
Ms Farmer said: “I absolutely don’t have a problem with people taking inspiration from my artwork.
“What gets me is someone blatantly copying it and then claiming it for their own idea.
“At the weekend, she announced the imminent production of Medusa using a hairdrier – and that too is one of my existing paintings.”
We contacted the American artist, Wendy Marani, for comment.
She responded: “I have already removed my pictures that toy (sic) think are similar.
“(I) will no longer show them. Please leave me alone, I am disabled and cannot deal with this. You will not see those pics anymore.”
You can read Ms Farmer’s account and view the paintings at http://www.tinyurl.com/nancyfarmer