Jack Vettriano, OBE is a Scottish painter, born in 1951. His 2004, The Singing Butler, made a record price for the work of any Scottish artist sold at auction when it smashed all expectations, by selling for £744,800 at auction.
Jack Vettriano grew up with his family in poverty. He left school at 16 and later became an apprentice mining engineer. Vettriano took up painting as a hobby in the 1970s, when a girlfriend bought him a set of watercolours for his 21st birthday. His earliest paintings, under his birth name “Jack Hoggan”, were copies or pastiches of impressionist paintings.
In 1987, when he was 36, he quit his job in educational research, and moved to Edinburgh, where he adopted his mother’s maiden name Vettriano. In 1989 Vettriano submitted
two canvases for the Royal Scottish Academy annual show. Both paintings sold on the first day and Vettriano was approached by several galleries. Exhibitions across the world followed.
In 1996 Sir Terence Conran commissioned Vettriano to create a series of paintings for his new Bluebird Gastrodome in London. He counts Jack Nicholson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Tim Rice and Robbie Coltrane amongst his collectors.
In September 2013, a major retrospective of Vettriano’s work opened at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. ‘Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective’ ran until 23 February 2014 and featured over 100 works.
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