Marital Discord or Secret Collusion? we peer at the locked door of 671 Washington Ave, South Beach, to find out!
Editor’s note: there are several artists called Don Hall, so please do not mistake them! The Don Hall in question is the one married to plagiarist Wendy Marani. So far as we can tell the others are more talented and may even have talented wives. The following story is TRUE, the quotes are all real, though the style may have been picked for comedic effect. We give you the low down on the low brow art world, with none of that olde-worlde bollocks!
Shameless plagiarist Wendy Marani is wife of premier US artist Don Hall!
Nancy Farmer, 42, from good old Blighty, was shocked last week to discover her work ripped off by Ms Wendy Marani, the bonkers buxom plagiarist from Florida. Nancy spilled the beans on her website but Marani, 41, 47, or 55, didn’t give two hoots! So we donned our deer-stalkers, grabbed our laptops, and went investigating. We can now reveal that Marani is married to none other than Don Hall!
Don Hall is a professional sports and celebrity artist in Miami Beach, Florida. CEO of Don Hall Art gallery, 671 Washington Avenue, Don is too famous to need his own website, but we tracked down this elusive superstar on some other sites. “Don is widely regarded as the premier sports and entertainment artist in the U.S. today”, says Don Hall.
Most of Don’s paintings look almost like photographs, except not quite right, giving them a surreal quality which is almost interesting. “Being an avid sports and movie buff led to his very unique style of art” Don says.
Don describes his wife as “former Playboy and Sports Illustrated model… whose art and fashion revolves around erotic and fantasy themes.”
But does Don know the sordid secret of his wife’s erotic fantasies? Does he know that, far from being the pervert that she perhaps claims to be, she stole the ideas straight off the drawing board of our own home-grown Brit totty, Nancy Farmer?
We left messages on his guestbook, but he deleted them without comment! “Anything you want. Money talks, nobody walks” says Don on a website. We did not pay him any money. He walked.
Is Don hiding his wife’s shame? Or is he just protecting himself? “My kids can get rich… later.” Says Don. He has “2 kids in college and a new Corvette on order”. We would like to ask him: Can he afford his wife’s reputation?
He’s certainly a very busy guy! On 20th February 2013 he said: “The sun never sets in South Beach. Just finished with Miami International Boat Show, Wynwood Art and Coconut Grove Art, already starting International Wine and Food Festival, getting ready for the big one, Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival. Everyone who is anyone in the music business will be in town, many already are.”
But meanwhile is Wendy Marani pulling the wool over his eyes? If he knew, would he ask her to stop it?
We like to think he would. He’s obviously a very down-to-earth, practical kind of guy. Where he has posted images of some of his less successfull paintings he says “Cheapest Don Hall anywhere, buy it for the name”. We would not, because our walls are full of pervy Nancy’s paintings. Oh, and because they would shatter mirrors.
Editor’s note: Nancy Farmer assures us that she is not a pervert. “My paintings are perfectly logical” says Nancy. “Anyone could see that the perfect job for Medusa would be a professional dominatrix”. Yeah, right. Did she tell you about the Dolls?
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ALL the quotes are real quotes taken from Don Hall’s page on ArtID.com. Please don’t email ArtID to tell them, they know! ArtID are one of the good guys. I shall soon be putting my own artwork on there, now that they have deleted the account of Wendy Marani. They run an excellent gallery site and have been massively supportive to me and VERY annoyed to find what this pair are up to on their site. Oh, and if you’re interested in maybe using ArtID, you can try it – open a free account there. And no, I am not being paid to say this 🙂
Feel free to send messages to Don Hall himself – his ArtID account (while it lasts) has a very tempting guestbook… messages will be deleted almost instantly, but it’s still fun!