Jack Vettriano the People’s Painter

Jack Vettriano the People’s PainterThe ArtistI came across a small gallery in Saratoga Upstate New York June 2019 whilst on holiday. I saw painting in a window of the gallery which I found it attractive to look at and somewhat wistful. So back in my studio in the North of England I painted my version of what I realised was a Jack Vettriano painting. My use of paint, sticking to acrylic not watercolour and I choose to loosen the paint and layer the application. I later realised that the painting was called The Picnic Party
Jack Vettriano is the nation’s most successful living artist – his prints outselling the likes of Klimt and Monet. Born in Fife, Scotland in 1951, Jack Vettriano left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer. 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. We have this uncommon. I’m mainly self taught and we are from the same era!
So I’m going to spend sometime stylising some of my next paintings with complementary nods towards the great commercial artist Jack Vettriano. Jack Vettriano learned his skill by coping the work of other artist so I hope he doesn’t mind me doing the same as him. So watch this space as I move into my Jack Vettriano period.