Infamous Reformed world renown art forger is back in Bridport from 12th to 15th of July.

The usually reclusive Billy has surprised everyone by deciding to give an informal talk about his forging escapades at the Electric Palace in Bridport on the 14th July at 7pm.

This will be the first time that Billy has appeared on stage anywhere but due to the huge interest and sales of his paintings at Global art gallery here in Bridport and the fantastic reception that he receives from his collectors, he felt compelled to share his story amongst friends.

The list of collectors of Billy’s works and the interest from TV and media has grown existentially over the past 12 months, film and sports celebrities, 4 book launches, 3 documentaries and a film in the pipeline have all buoyed his confidence to step out of the shadows and engage with the world once more.

 All this fame has come late in life for the 73 year old Billy but once you meet him it is easy to spot why he is so popular. This unassuming, modest and private artist has gained hundreds of new fans of his work with a number of investors taking pieces for enjoyment and investment. The latest fan being a hedge fund manager with direct ancestral links to one of the Popes no less.

At 73 Billy still fulfils his punishing schedule of painting 7 days a week from 5am to 5 pm daily. Since the gallery opened at St Michaels Trading estate a year ago Billy’s range has expanded and diversified from Picasso, Van Gogh and Lowry to Basquiat, Banksy and ‘Shadow man’ Richard Hambleton of New York Fame.

To add to his book which is available at the gallery, the author, gallery owner and now resident of Bridport James Hartey has just completed his second publication about Billy’s life and exploits titled – Billy Mumford, painter of Hallways, Doorways…and MONETS. The book will be available from the beginning of August and it is hoped that with the interest of the first book will make an excellent companion read.

Billy’s talk at the Electric Palace on the 14th July falls on Bastille Day and Billy felt obliged to point out that the storming led to the release of all French prisoners with the exception of 4 Murderers, 4 madmen and 2 Art Forgers. It would appear that the French have always been touchy about forging their art.

Tickets are available from the Electric Palace website or on the door on the evening and one of Billy’s paintings will be auctioned off live with the proceeds going to the Dorset Police welfare fund. Also for each £20 ticket, Billy will be gifting a £50 voucher to be redeemed against one of his paintings as a thank you to his growing family of collectors new and old.

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