I recently purchase some art work from Galrie Jen-Art in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was represented to me as an original mixed media on canvas. I've since learned the artist does not create mixed media on canvas. He makes giclees and oil on canvas which he calls "naturalismo." The artist's name is Luis Sottil.
I was told by the company representative that this art work was one of six (6) art works done by Luis Sottil that hung for seven (7) years in Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom while he was an artist contracted by them. Therefore it is a much sought after art work.
I lookd up the artist on line and liked what I saw so I decided to invest in this partucular art work. Upon receiving it I became suspicious when I discovered that the art work was unsigned and the company could not produce a genuine certificate of authenticity. I also could not find on line any mixed media on canvas that was produced by Luis Sottil.
In fact, when I asked Galerie Jen-Art's company representative, Neil Schwartz, for one, he told me that Galerie Jen-Art doesn't provide certificates of authenticity. But - he would be happy to give me the current market evaluation (CME) which his company would provide for the art work.
This seemed a little confusing to me - a Galerie Jen-Art representative, Shawn Mayo, who'd called me earlier trying to get me to buy more of their art, had said yes he would provide a certificate of authenticity. Which, of course, I never received.
So I have asked for my money back. Which Galergie Jen-Art is refusing to do. Instead they blame the problem of me receiving fake art from them on the original person who sold it to me for them. And who is no longer with the company. Now that's their story instead of accepting responsibility for giving me a refund. Now - how funny is that??
I now have an expert opinion on the art work that Galerie Jen-Art sold me and it is definitely a fake. Luis Sottil's hand never touched this canvas once. Neil Schwartz said Luis Sottil signed it under the frame. The reason people buy art is because of who signed it.
To date I have been contacted by three (3) different individuals from Galerie Jen-Art. All of whom used to work for a company in Montreal called Galerie Concorde. I wonder if there's some kind of collusion going on and if there are more Galerie Concorde salespeople working for Galere Jen-Art lurking in the back ground? Or is it just my imagination?
I would like to know if there are any more victims out there like me who are out good, honest money in these hard economic times? If there are, please contact me here if you feel you might be a victim of Galerie Jen-Art's unscrupulous business model. Together we can do something!!