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Jack Vettriano

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What were they watching?

What were they watching?

Maybe I am just getting older but I have recently developed a bit of an interest in the art world, particularly portraits.  I have no time for high art, such as dissected cows and silly lights flickering on and off.

“It’s art!” Says floppy haired artist.

“Nay lad,  it’s a dodgy plug.” Says I.  Honestly where do you get them from?  Then you have Tracey Emin with her unmade bed as an art show.

“Why is it art?”  She was asked at the opening of her new gallery.

“Cos I say it is.” She huffed.  Well hark at lady muck.

Thank heavens that a fellow from Fife in Scotland has taught himself to paint and set out to save us all from the machinations of the Tate ‘set’.

Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano, born Jack Hoggan, taught himself to paint relatively late in life.  He never attended an art college or gained any major artistic diploma.  But the images and characters he has depicted has made our nation take him to it’s heart.  He was recently named as Britain’s favourite artist, much to the chargrin of the London based art world.  For that reason alone the guy is a hero.

Does anything feel better than dancing with a beautifl woman?

Does anything feel better than dancing with a beautiful woman?

He changed his name to Vettriano in honour of his Italian Grandfather.  I think he wanted to sound a bit more exotic or he wanted to appeal to the art world.  Either way, it worked.

Jack captures well the older male's idea of feminine beauty.

Jack captures well the older male's idea of feminine beauty.

Jack’s art is very retro and is mostly set in the fifties and sixties.  Women are wondrously glamorous, usually dressed in stockings and cocktail dresses.  Men are smart and well dressed, and the cars are very sporty.  This is why his art appeals strongly across the sex divide.  It also transcends class boundaries.  You are as likely to see his art on a calender on an office wall in Slough as you are to see it on the wall of an art lover.

The frustration of an extra-marital affair is illustrated well here.

The frustration of an extra-marital affair is illustrated well here.

He works on a number of topics particularly  relationships between men and women.  The way he depicts   His main tool is the use of body language which he uses as a tool of expression.  He knows how to depict pleasure and pain, love and loss.

If you don't know how this feels you have not truely lived.

If you don't know how this feels you have not truely lived.

He drew some criticism for his more racy paintings, depicting scenes of light bondage, the prospect of group sex and bloodsucking.  I doubt there was much in it, people need to remember that he is a relative newcomer to the art world, and he is still finding his style.

The atmosphere is both naughty and delicious

The atmosphere is both naughty and delicious

More recently he collabarated with motor sports legend and friend Jackie Stewart on a series of paintings.  He related well the sometimes strained relationship between Stewart and his wife who would mark his timings within a heartbeat of widowhood.

jackie-stewert

How fast her heart must have been beating

How fast her heart must have been beating

Vettriano shares my love of motor sports and speed, and it inspired him to work on a rendition of Bluebird.  As you may remember she was the car driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell, another Scot known for his love of speed and iron nerve.  Campbell and his little blue bullet set many land speed records in the thirties and forties.

The famous Bluebird at Daytona beach

The famous Bluebird at Daytona beach

Even the South Bank Show, ITV’s cultural flagship, has paid homage to this fine artist, dedicating an hour long special to his work.  The programme is available to watch on Jack’s website which I enclose below.

Shaken or stirred?

Shaken or stirred?

And I leave you with a picture that may have proved the inspiration for an L.A. based magazine editor’s cover shot.  Long may Mr Vettriano’s career continue.

V x?

V x?

To learn more about Jack and his art I recommend his website:

http://www.jackvettriano.com

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Written by Nick Gilmartin

February 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Posted in Art and Culture

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  1. His real name is Hoggan

    David

    June 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm


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