Artists Beware of
Hey, we just Googled Dennis Kirk Publishing and saw your web page. We wanted to let the world know that he is out and about again "publishing" coffee table books with furniture company products. Now he is under
Elite Publishing, which is really an Australian Company. He is hitting Scottsdale AZ, he only got us for $500 before we found out his true colors! BEWARE!!!
Dennis B. Kirk of International Graphics
BEWARE We have received 2 new emails that Mr. Kirk is now targeting Wedding Photographers
Two and a half years ago I was contacted by Dennis B. Kirk of International Graphics regarding inclusion of my sculpture in a "coffee table" type book he was producing entitled "Artists of Distinction". He offered, for a limited time, the opportunity to be a part of this exciting book for a one time cost of only $725 prepaid. This offer was only for the first 20 artists to sign up prior to January 31, 2002.I wasn't at all suspicious about the offer after receiving Mr. Kirk's beautifully designed promotional materials and reading some of the glowing comments by major artists who allegedly had already been involved with Mr. Kirk's books. I was excited about the opportunity and paid the $725 and looked forward to receiving the book(s). I also ordered 10 extra books for my best collectors which cost $180, also prepaid.
Over the course of two years+ I have telephoned him, emailed him, and left messages on his voice mail. When and if he returned my calls, he would give me a litany of excuses of why the books were not delivered. I finally was so frustrated I sent out emails to as many artists friends as I could find emails for to ask if they had any experience with Mr. Kirk. Sixteen artists have replied with the same lies, put-offs and hedging that I received.
With pressure, Mr. Kirk has finally "fessed-up" on the telephone that the books were never produced and he has no money with which to refund artists. There are 16 of us that we know of who have lost money to Dennis Kirk with regard to the “Artists of Distinction” book. We don't want any more artists to suffer what we have gone through. Please, please put this up on your fraud page. I am certain artists would greatly appreciate your help to alert them.
|Dear Artspace -
My name is Keith McMasters and I am a sculptor from Washington State. I was approached by Dennis Kirk of International Graphics / Scottsdale, AZ at the Phippen Western Art Show in Prescott, AZ in May of 2000 about being included in a coffee table book titled "Artists of Distinction / Western & Native American Art". I was told that the first 20 of the 40 artists to be included in the book would get a discounted rate of $725.00 and there would be a $25.00 per image fee for each transparency that I would like included in my two page spread of which I had three for a total of $75.00. So, for a nice even $800.00 I would be one of the privileged few artists to be included in this project. Well, you can read Dawn Weimer's story for an exact copy of mine. For two years we have waited and been lied to,( the books are stuck at the port due to the strike, the printers in Singapore are taking a little longer than planned, etc.) And then we finally found out after two long years of waiting that it was all a hoax. The books had never been printed in the first place.
If you could include Dennis Kirk's name on your fraud page we would be extremely grateful in that other artists wouldn't have to go through the same thing that we have.
Artspace is in the process of trying to contact Mr. Kirk to see what he has to say about this.
BEWARE We have received 2 new emails that Mr Kirk is now targeting Wedding Photographers
Dennis Kirk is now targeting wedding photographers under the business name of Wentworth International. I couldn't locate
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