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Shaun Greenhalgh gets his recognitions

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His story has been mostly ignored in North America because journalists here fail to see it as a saga of British craftsmanship and enterprise performing in a world where these qualities are insufficiently appreciated.

The story behind the Art Institute's fake Gauguin, which was discovered last year after almost ten years, is kind of amazing: its creator was a high-school dropout who lived (and collaborated) with his elderly, pensioner parents, making millions of dollars while living in, at best, modest conditions. Why bother? His barrister suggests that he just went with his talent:

"Mr Greenhalgh discovered many years ago he has no style of his own. He had one outlook and that was his garden shed. What he can do is copy. He was completely self-taught ... that may make him unique. He was trying to perfect the love he had for such arts."

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