Artist Ashley Jackson is going to war with the fakers.

The artist famed for his landscapes of the Pennine moors will appear in a TV documentary next week to highlight one of the big problems of the art world.

The 74-year-old who works on the moors around his Holmfirth home claims the fakes have “terrible effect” on his reputation.

An investigation earlier this year discovered that former printer Geoffrey Spillman was turning out copies of work by several artists from a flat in the Midlands. He is still being investigated by police.

The fake Jackson paintings were being offered for sale on eBay for a couple of hundred pounds. Originals by the artist can sell for up to £40,000.

Now he is to appear on the BBC series Fake Britain, which is being screened on Wednesday, December 10. The consumer programme is presented by Matt Allwright and looks at counterfeit problems across the UK.

Mr Jackson said: “It was a real shock to discover that someone had been forging my work.

“It first became an issue some six or seven years ago but we thought it had been nipped in the bud.

“Then earlier this year we were told that examples of what was supposedly my work were being sold on eBay. We knew immediately they were fakes.

A work by Ashley Jackson
A work by Ashley Jackson
 

“I am one of the few living artists whose work has been copied in this way. We are told that mainly they look at the work of artists who are no longer with us, such as LS Lowry and Catherine Williams because it is more difficult to challenge the authenticity.

“It is unjust that someone can play on my credibility by creating poor imitations in my name.

“To be honest, some of the fakes they were offering were really awful and it was embarrassing to think they were purportedly done in my name.

“I have often been asked to do work in a short space of time but that is not my way. The works are something I have to nurture, and they take time. “

“We didn’t even need to see the works to know they were fakes; we could tell by the size of the canvas and the colours”.

Fake Britain is on BBC 1 at 9.15am on December 10.