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Update on the alleged misadventures of the Gallery HB

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The New York Times says that Todd White is suing back. This is new since I first wrote his story.

Pete is one of Todd White’s people over there at his studio. He left their number in a comment and I couldn’t resist calling him yesterday. Megan answered the phone and we had a nice chat. I said “y’all” and she exclaimed that I must be from Texas. I admitted I was. But then, so is White and apparently they hear it at the studio regularly.

She handed the phone over to Pete. He was very friendly and easy to chat with. I was looking forward to hearing about the undertakings of the last few months from a true source.

Pete said that it was never their intention to take over The Gallery HB despite what The New York Times says. Their reporting said that the signed agreement transfers the Gallery HB lease to Todd White.

I’m so confused, Todd (source: sodahead, dragoart)

Pete made it clear that they are suing the gallery, or I suppose its operator Howell, because they allege she has been making fraudulent prints. The fakes are said to include forgeries of Todd’s signature and dedications and even fudging with numbered prints.

White’s studio sent this picture to TMZ as proof that his signatures are being forged:

source: TMZ

I had to ask why White didn’t just sue the gallery when they found out about the illicit copies. Pete’s response was that they had compassion on Howell and did not want to throw her in jail. The plan was to go to the gallery quietly, ask her to sign an agreement statement and collect back all the remaining art.

As for the case of the forged signatures, Pete suggested my in-laws send pictures of their prints’ numbers, signatures and dedications to the studio for verification. I plan to do that and I’ll post the pictures. If anyone else is interested in posting their pictures, you can email them here and I’ll put them up. If there really are dozens of forged prints out there, then surely some victims of fraud could come forward and move this discussion beyond “he said, she said.”


Written by jenniferloftis

September 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

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  1. Interesting reading. I remember a guy name Clive that used to work at that Gallery. Pete Lavoie who called himself Clive for two years Yep…folk say that he copied the client lists, mailinglist and customer confindetial iinfo anndthen delelted teh info from the Galelry computer.
    And by all coounts went to the artist taking the trade screts to AOW to parely a sales piostiion with the artist crew . Interestingly enouohg, HEactulaly sold himslf and got paid commison for many of the the pieces he now claims are fakes.Ummmm? Some thing just now right here!

    The artist just may want repalce all of those cheaply made giclees because thousands of them.. . have prbabley peeled craked or faded by now. AND the embleishment that Todd Wthie calims he did is actulaly dione by a hand of of guys in a back room…or done in a n assemly line fastion at one his printers…this has been goin on for over a decade. ss that print you think was hand emleshied by the artist a FAKE.. The artist is is making his own frauds!!!! I know as a collector I am was so dissappointed that peices where not embleshined by teh artswit himself!!!
    TI appears that teh ‘sourse, of which you speak, knows little about fine art, prints and reproductions and the authenticity there of and by recent actions,, knows even less aobut how to take the proper legal action rather then resorting to the MOBlike tactics of indimidation, assult, robbery and kidnapping.

    For accurante information and enlightenment refer to the Case in the County of Los Angles law docket…. you will then be aware of burtality of Aughst 2 and 3. NO one has the right to take the law into their own hands. NO ONE!!!!!



    September 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm

  2. OK I am confused…wonder why the represetives sent to the Gallery by Todd White on august 2nd forced the Galllery owner to sign a letter to Hyatt saying she was was going turn over the gallery to Todd Wthie Representives…Does todd they want to sell direct to the public like he did at his stsudio Show on June 30th?

    What’s up with that deal?

    Why would Todd Whtie want that Gallery at the Hyatt when he just opened a brand new hip studio gallery in Canoga Park? Califonia ?? We attended a huge show there on june 30th . It was great to see all the latest oriig oils and sketches. Lots of fans and collectors from all over buying originalls. Hey, what collector doesn’t want to buy it from Todd himself !!!!Who wants to pay retail gallery prices anyway? It was a great show and being able to buy the art strait from him made it very special.

    Todd White is Awesome!!!


    September 7, 2011 at 1:19 am

  3. The only thing that makes me laugh harder than your spelling is the fact that you are up at 1 in the morning, scouring the internet for these stories, only to make more ridiculous accusations and dig yourself a deeper hole. I take comfort in knowing that you are losing so much sleep over what you have done. Margaret Howell.


    September 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

    • I agree, this Margaret Howell is probabley loosong more than sleep. think of all the money legal fees???

      This case is bad for all involved…. It is a real shame all the hate and bad mouthing.



      October 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      • FYI, to those following the saga of the Sponge Bob artist and the robbery at the Gallery HB … here is word from a reliable legal eagle that works for OC: HB police reports and recommends the case be tried by the OC DA as a CRIMINAL CASE with counts including robbery, assault and several FELONY counts against the suspects !!!!


        October 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

  4. Todd named on lawsut invloving robbery and assult. Lift his own shit and jet? Todd White is assed out…. Ther are thousands of us buyers that invested bucks up in his shit , me being one of the them. Now….There are dozens of Todd White pieces selling on ebay and craigs for half of what i paid for the same shit!!!. What’s the dealy?


    October 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

  5. […] haven’t kept updated on the Todd White and Gallery HB saga, here is the quick and dirty from my last story on this. Peggy Howell alleges that on August 2, Todd White and four men, of whom some are yet to be […]

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