For those who have followed the artist Jack Vettriano over his 20 plus years career a must see exhibition is due to open shortly. It’s based in the one time city of culture Glasgow in the halls of the wonderful Kelvingrove Art Gallery. To my knowledge it is the biggest exhibition of Vettriano’s work ever. The artist is said to be thrilled as the exhibition covers his life work from his early days.
It starts many Saturdays ago (28th September, 2013) and will finish in February 2014. It looks to be a fascinating insight into the artists work who was completely self taught. He is not universally liked despite huge sales of his prints (outselling the likes of Dali and Monet). Many art critics say his style is too traditional and predictable, the public however seem to largely disagree.
This picture entitled – The Billy Boys is very popular in print and poster format and was actually inspired from a promotional poster for the film Reservoir Dogs.
Venttriano has often been quoted that he refuses to change the way he paints in order to appease the critics. He assures his fans he has no intention of changing his style to seek critical acclaim.
It’s a great chance to catch some of the artists work, especially as many of the pieces have been loaned from private collections and may not appear in public again. There have been some glimpses on British Television of the artists work but it’s quite difficult to watch BBC TV in the USA so this is a great chance for fans. Although this method may help –
It’s available on YouTube as well entitled BBC Iplayer in Ireland.
As well as Vettriano’s best-known paintings, the exhibition will also feature examples of his erotic works such as Game On and The Parlour of Temptation. All the paintings featured will be on loan from private collections and many are going on public display for the first time in close to 20 years.