By The Associated Press | By AP Reporter, September 16, 2019 12:59:10The painting that became a multimillion-dollar business in the city of Houston was an unauthorized, non-commercial installation in 2011, according to a lawsuit filed by the artist, George Bush, who has said he paid for the work himself.
Bush, now 90, was among more than 100 artists sued by a Houston businessman who sued in 2015 after Bush’s portrait was stolen from his home.
Bush’s portrait, titled “Chinatown,” was displayed for the first time in the Houston museum after being stolen from a windowless windowless wall in 2011.
The lawsuit filed Monday in Harris County Superior Court by the city said Bush had the painting removed from the Houston Public Museum in 2011 when it was damaged in a fire and the museum was closed.
It also said Bush sold the painting for $10,000 in 2012 to a Houston artist named Eric Jones, who is also a Houston resident.
Jones said Bush’s painting was stolen because of a misunderstanding about the artist’s intent.
Jones’ attorney, Scott Johnson, said he filed the lawsuit because the city’s investigation into the theft of Bush’s artwork has not yet concluded.
Johnson said he plans to file a lawsuit seeking an apology for the art theft.
A spokesman for the Houston Police Department said he was not immediately available for comment.