Jack Vettriano is a Scottish contemporary painter.
Jack Vettriano, a Scottish contemporary painter, was born on 17 November 1951 in Fife, Scotland. When he was sixteen, Vettriano became a widely respectful mining engineer. That changed in 1972 when his girlfriend bought him a set of watercolour paints. From that time, he spent much of his spare time developing his painting skill as well as working on his first paintings. As the result of his efforts, two his paintings were submitted to the Royal Scottish Academy’s annual exhibition and sold on the first day.
In the following year – 1990 - an equally enthusiastic reaction greeted his three other paintings exhibited in Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy. From then on, Vettriano’s name played a main role at exhibitions thorough the world, including sell-out solo exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong, and especially New York, where twenty paintings were displayed at The International 20th Century Arts Fair at The Armory. Again, the exhibition was very successful for him and after the first day, all Vettriano’s paintings had been sold.
For his extensive work and his financial contribution towards education of underprivileged students, Vettriano has been awarded an OBE - Order of the British Empire - from St-Andrew's University in Scotland.
Guide for collectors
The complete range of Jack Vettriano’s paintings, cards and posters can be purchased exclusively from the Heartbreak Gallery, a gallery set in a six-storey townhouse in Marylebone, London. This gallery contains published works by Jack Vettriano, but offers also signed, limited edition prints, open edition posters, notecards, books or exhibition catalogues.
Many of the items offered by the gallery are exclusive and cannot be purchased elsewhere.
Most expensive work
Vettriano’s best known painting is called The Singing Butler - not actually showing a singing butler, but two elegantly dressed women and one man holding a parasol. The original canvass broke a record price for a Scottish painting at auction when it was sold for £744,500 at the Sotheby’s spring sale in Edinburgh on 21 April 2004. In reaction to the fact that The Singing Butler was the best selling print in the UK, Vettriano said: ‘I will never ever claim that The Singing Butler is the best painting ever painted in Scotland, that is just nonsense’.
Most famous works
Besides The Singing Butler, several other Vettriano’s paintings are considered as masterpieces of contemporary art. For example: Night Moves (sold for $76,853 on 27 October 2005 in The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), The Set Up (sold for $57,168 on 25 May 2007 at the Christie's auction on King Street, London) Dancing Couple (sold for $43,471 on 16, April 2008 at the auction in South Kensington, London), And some they never do (sold for $41,780 on 26 October 2006 at the auction in The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh) or Drifters (sold for $41,616 on 14 March 2006 at the auction in South Kensington, London).
Works by Jack Vettriano can be found in private, corporate and public collections worldwide, but the primary representation of Jack Vettriano’s work is provided exclusively by Heartbreak gallery in London.