Still Printing with Arthur J Williams Jr.
Arthur J Williams Jr., subject of the book The Art of Making Money, discusses his life from behind bars to behind the canvas.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
4245 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA Get Directions
Visual Arts and Design
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Arthur J. Williams Jr. is perhaps best known for being the counterfeiter who successfully replicated the supposedly impossible to replicate 1996 hundred dollar bill. Secret Service agents doggedly pursued Williams as he printed what some estimate to have been as much as $10 million in fake money before he eventually landed in federal prison for six and a half years. This was the third time he was incarcerated for his criminal exploits that have been covered in Rolling Stone, VICE, Gizmodo, Forbes and featured on American Greed.
This story sounds like the biography of a career criminal, but during that last stint behind bars, Art reinvented himself as a legit artist. Sticking to what he knew, Williams began painting old currency to pass his time, as well as reconnect to his artistic nature. He began reading books on Da Vinci and Michelangelo, and over time, mastered their techniques with his own personal ones. With his admiration for the ancient art of engraving still captivating him, his passion for ink transformed to oil, thus bringing him to create the masterful collection of currency on canvas and paper.
At this event, Arthur will tell his life story, showcase his work, and provide insight into his creative process.
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