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Jack Vettriano on Forain

A watercolour by John-Louis Forain inspires a rare interview and preview of a new work from Britain's most popular living artist

Jack Vettriano

How should an artist measure their success? To date, more than two million posters and three million cards featuring Vettriano’s paintings have sold worldwide, eclipsing favourites such as Monet and Van Gogh. His most reproduced work The Singing Butler sold in April 2004 for £744,800, breaking all records for a Scottish painting at auction. Yet his work hangs in no national collection and anyone wishing to see an original must travel to Kirkcaldy Art Gallery. In the build up to a show at the Portland Gallery, Jack Vettriano talks to Tom Bilson, Editor of Art & Architecture and we give a preview of an an unpublished new work.

"En Scene"

Telling the story

Working methods


Low life


The future

Reading list

Lillian Browse , Forain: The Painter, 1852-1931 , pub. Elek, 01/05/1978 www.amazon.co.uk

Jack Vettriano, Fallen Angels, pub. Pavilion Books Ltd, 28/10/1999 www.amazon.co.uk

Jack Vettriano, Anthony Quinn (Editor), Lovers and Other Strangers: Paintings by Jack Vettriano, pub. Pavilion Books Ltd, 11/07/2002 www.amazon.co.uk

Jack Vettriano, Vettriano: New Images, pub. Trafalgar Square Books www.amazon.co.uk

Author's Biography

Born in Fife in 1951, Jack Vettriano has emerged from the unlikely background of an early working life in the Scottish coal-fields to become one of Britain’s best known contemporary artists; he is entirely self taught. His work first came to public prominence at the Royal Scottish Academy open exhibition in 1988. Since then there have been sell out exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and New York. In 2003, Jack Vettriano was awarded an Honorary doctorate from St Andrew’s University and an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts. Jack Vettriano has studios in Scotland and in London. He is represented exclusively by Portland Gallery.

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