Convicted art forger Karl Sim changed his name by deed poll
to Carl Feodor Goldie so he could legally sign pictures as
C.F. Goldie. Photo NZ Herald
He became the first New Zealander to be convicted for art
forgery, but Carl Goldie's family don't think he minded too
"I think he probably quite liked it. He knew it would happen
- that eventually someone would wake up to the fact," older
sister Margaret Jones said yesterday.
Mr Goldie died in hospital on Monday night, aged 89. He made
headlines in 1985 with his arrest for art forgery after he
copied and sold paintings and drawings by artists such as
Charles F. Goldie, Rita Angus and Colin McCahon.
Born Karl Sim, after his court case he changed his name to
Carl Feodor Goldie so he could legally sign pictures as C.F.
Mrs Jones told the Herald yesterday her brother was not
bothered by the notoriety.
'He didn't do it for money or anything, he did it to beat the
establishment - because arty people can get a bit snooty. But
beating them was his main aim."
However, he didn't let his victories over the art world go to
"He didn't like it in the fact he was strutting around saying
'look at me I am this and I did that'. He wasn't like that,
it was just 'I have shown up the art world'. He also didn't
worry what people said about him. He just went on his merry
Mr Goldie, aka Sim, fooled art experts who bought the
artworks from his store. However, he stopped passing them off
as originals after his conviction.
Mrs Jones was proud of him. "He was a very good artist, even
though he was a forger. I mean experts can't tell the
difference between his and the real person's."
He discovered he was an artist when he was 14 and studying at
a technical college in Palmerston North where he developed
the "talent he was born with".
"He had an interesting life. People who have talked about him
have said what an interesting, kind man ... Kindness seems to
be the prevailing word. He was a gentle, kind person."
She thought the work he was most proud of was the "Goldies"
he painted. "Goldie was his favourite artist."
In recent years he developed arthritis, which prevented him
from painting, but he still managed a few sketches.
Mrs Jones said he had been unwell for some time and wanted a
- Andrew Koubaridis of the NZ Herald