Jack Vettriano’s erotic, provocative and emotionally charged paintings have made him one of Britain”s most successful contemporary artists. Collected by celebrities the world over, his exhibitions have regularly sold out and paintings now change hands for millions of pounds. This beautifully packaged gift-sized collection features Jack’s women – the mysterious, seductive, beautiful, languid, passionate and powerful. Inspired by his many muses, Jack”s paintings have frequently focused on women and they have formed the subject of some of his most popular and significant paintings, including the Singing Butler and Mad Dogs. Whether relaxing on a beach, reclining in a bar or dancing through the night, this book celebrates Jack”s vision of women and their importance in his work.
Jack Vettriano is entirely self-taught. A Scotsman of Italian descent, he left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer working down the Fife coalfields. For his twenty-first birthday a girlfriend gave him a set of watercolour paints and from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint. His first solo exhibition in Edinburgh was a sell-out and since then he has had solo exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and New York. Over the last twenty years, interest in Vettriano’s work has grown consistently. Vettriano’s best known painting, The Singing Butler, was sold at Sotheby’s for close to £750,000. He was awarded an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts. In 2013, a major twenty year Retrospective exhibition of Vettriano's work was staged at Kelvingrove art Gallery and Musuem in Glasgow. He lives in Edinburgh.