Turns out the painting was described by the seller as “in the style of/ in the manner of”, which means there was no misrepresentation. Also, had it been painted by Fritz Scholder, its price would have been more than 5 times greater.
“In the style of or in the manner of “means the artwork is intending to look like work by an artist, usually a well-known artist, but was not created by that artist.
In simple English, avoid art described as “in the style of/ in the manner of”. It might be called “pretend art”. Costing less, but also worth less.
Corinne Cain of SavvyCollector.com