Jack Vettriano- From Rags To Riches

November 6, 2009 on 4:54 pm | In Famous Artists, Figurative Art, Jack Vettriano | 1 Comment

Scottish self-taught artist Vettriano began painting at the age of 21. He paints people, often women or couples in romantic situations. His most famous piece, “The Singing Butler” has made him very wealthy indeed. In fact, he even has an OBE.

“The Singing Butler” by Jack Vettriano

As a child, Vettriano worked hard doing jobs such as cleaning windows and was even kept from school by his dad in order to pick potatoes at one point. Now however, he is one of the more affluent and wealthy artists, having sold many thousands of copies of his art work across the globe. Nowadays, he is reported to make around half a million per year from his print licensing alone, and the famous piece “The singing Butler” fetched £750,000 at an auction at Southeby’s.

“The Temptress” by Jack Vettriano

His pieces have inspired people from around the globe, although critics have always had a few negative words for him. For example, he was accused of plagiarism when he released “The Singing Butler” as the critics claimed that the figures were found to be taken from a book.

More information about Vettriano’s career
The Telegraph report on Jack Vettriano

By the way, I heard he used to work for Redbridge Council!!



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  1. Hi, I came across your blog here whilst surfing art sites. You have to admire JV, at least he’s an artist in the traditional sense. Best wishes, Chris

    Comment by Chris Chalk — November 12, 2009 #

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