Artclear Links AI Authentication from Hephaestus Analytical to Ukrainian Avant-Garde Paintings

Oleksandr Bohomazov, ‘Landscape, Caucasus’, 1915. Oil on canvas.

Artclear is collaborating with Hephaestus Analytical, an art authentication company that uses both analogue scientific and digital AI tools in counterpoint, to detect misattributed works and forgeries.

Hephaestus has attributed two paintings to the Ukrainian avant-garde painter Oleksandr Bohomazov (1880-1930). Both works have been “Artcleared” to permanently link Hephaestus’ authentication reports to the physical objects.

This is Artclear’s first successful certification of a third-party authentication. Each painting has a secure digital Artclear Certificate of Authenticity (“CoA”), which features a unique digital code derived from the physical properties of the individual artwork. This means that in the future, the works can be identified with forensic certainty as those authenticated by Hephaestus, in less than 10 minutes with a simple Artclear scan.

Hephaestus’ analytical protocols represent the highest evidentiary standards in the authentication of art, combining scientific analysis with Artificial Intelligence. The former determines the age of the artwork accurately, quickly and affordably, while the AI analyses features of the composition and brushstrokes to provide further support for attributions.

The paintings are owned by James Butterwick, a gallery that specialises in late 19th-early 20th century Ukrainian and European art based in Mayfair, London.