The popularity of Britain’s self-taught Jack Vettriano (Born: November 17, 1951) earned him the nickname “The People’s Painter.” Originally from a Scottish town where he planned to work as an engineer, Vettriano fell in love with art. In creating his art, he listens to music that makes him feel uncomfortable to create a mood that fuels his edgy, mysterious creations. Vettriano’s sales broke a record at Scotland Sotheby’s, and he has outsold Dali, Van Gogh and Monet.
"In retrospect, that was a blessing in disguise because I think that unfortunately, but understandably, a lecturer is trying to turn a student into his own image." ~ Jack Vettriano on being rejected by art school
On April 21, 2004 the original canvas of The Singing Butler, Jack Vettriano's most reproduced painting, sold at auction for $1,346,800 (£744,500). This recognition of his talents and work was a noteworthy milestone for someone who grew up in a small mining village near Kirkcaldy, Scotland, with little expectation to grow beyond its limits.
"I don't think my parents ever realized there were any other careers. I love them dearly but they lived in a limited world and their thoughts were limited. I don't think they ever thought any of their children could paint or even go on a foreign vacation. I think they brought me up the way they'd been brought up - to try and get through the system without going to prison. It was as simple as that. To be a man in that town [Fife] meant you had to drink 14 pints of lager before you went to the toilet."¹
Recommended books on Jack Vettriano:
Jack Vettriano by Jack Vettriano; Jack Vettriano: Studio Life by Jack Vettriano, Ian Rankin, and Jillian Edelstein; Lovers and Others Strangers: Paintings by Jack Vettriano by Anthony Quinn; Fallen Angels: Paintings by Jack Vettriano by W.Gordon Smith; Jack Vettriano 2007 Calendar; Jack Vettriano 2008 Diary: Small Magneto.
These Jack Vettriano posters and prints, among others, are available here: Singing Butler, Dance Me to the End of Love, Waltzers, Mad Dogs, Back Where You Belong, In Thought of You, Billy Boys, Mad Dogs, Elegy for a Dead Admiral, Vettriano Trio, Missing Man I, The Picnic Party II. Bluebird At Bonneville, Amateur Philosophers, On the Border, Cocktails and Broken Hearts, Missing Man I, Picnic Party, Billy Boys, Midnight Blue, Missing Man II, Duellists, The Road to November, Oh Happy Days, Somebody Else's Baby, Date with Fate, Only the Deepest Red II, Narcissistic Bathers, Sweet Bird of Youth II, Very Dangerous Beach.