Artist Replete presents "Ideas Live On" by Chicago artist and former counterfeiter, Arthur J. Williams Jr. A portrait of J.F.K recreated with acrylic paint over artist made currency print work.
Named after a famous John F. Kennedy quote: "A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on".
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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