Artist Replete presents "How I Made My First Million" from Chicago artist and former counterfeiter Arthur J. Williams Jr. This is a 1956 ABDick one color offset press painted in gold by the artist. The exact same model Arthur used to print millions of counterfeit dollars out of south-side Chicago.
A symbol of how one man defied the U.S. financial system for nearly a decade. Changing the perception of what is possible through immense devotion.
Added to the piece is a sheet of money, recreating the appearance of how the artist would print millions from the press. The sheet of money is made from a unique fiber that the artist calls "space material" for privacy purposes.
It took Arthur years of trial and error on many different types of paper until he found one that would mold into any folded shape. The material name is in reference to its uses by N.A.S.A.
Arthur J. Williams Jr. is a South Side Chicago native perhaps best known for being the counterfeiter who successfully replicated the 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.
During his incarceration, Arthur was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, American Greed,Forbesand a critically acclaimed book titled "The Art of Making Money."
To pass the time during his sentence, Williams taught himself to paint. Since being released from prison 10 years ago, Arthur has reemerged as a full time artist. His unique comeback story has been documented by NBC,Vice, and most recentlyChicago Sun Times.
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