Born in Fife, Scotland in 195 Jack Vettriano grew up with his parents and older brother in Methil. He 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. Vettriano’s artistic career began in 1988 when he submitting two... paintings for sale to the Royal Scottish Academy, both of which where accepted and sold quickly. A year later, the artists work was greeted by an equally enthusiastic reaction the three paintings, which he entered for the prestigious Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy and his new life as an artist began from that point on. Vettriano submitted twenty paintings at the International 20th Century Art Fair in New York in November 1999. After 50 British collectors attended the opening, all Vettriano paintings had been sold on the very first day of opening. In 2003, Vettriano accepted an Honorary doctorate from St Andrew's University and an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts. In addition to this, He was awarded the Great Scot of the Year Award in 2010.The success of his artistic career has led to sell out exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and New York.
Over the last twenty years, interest in Vettriano’s work has grown consistently. The scottish artist is best known for "The Singing Butler", a popular painting produced in 1992. This painting sold at auction for an astonishing £744,500 in 2004 after having been rejected in 1992 when it was submitted for inclusion in the Royal Academy Summer Show. Vettriano practice evokes an atmosphere reminiscent of the great noir movies and novels of our time. Bars and clubs, seasides, racetracks, ballrooms and bedrooms are all settings from the artists compositions. They translate directly to the viewer in a language easy to feel and understand, hence his commercial success. Vettriano now works in his from two studios, one in London and the other in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. The public interest in Vettriano’s art is growing daily and his work is collected by prestigious arts dealers.