May 25, 1988
Works by a French impressionist who paints under the name of Paul Valere regularly sell from $4,000 to $24,000 at the Simic Gallery in Carmel. But gallery owners say FBI agents are falsely claiming that Valere does not exist. Gallery officials concede Paul Valere is a pseudonym, but they say his works are produced by a real artist--a French impressionist who wants to conceal his identity.
May 31, 1988
A Carmel art gallery has released photos of a French painter to rebut FBI allegations that paintings selling for as much as $24,000 were created by an assembly line of artists promoting themselves as one person. Simic Galleries released 10 photographs of Paul Valere working in his studio in France, but gallery officials concede that they have no absolute proof that Valere alone created the paintings.