Jack Vettriano: Lovers and Other Strangers

Jack Vettriano: Lovers and Other Strangers

by Anthony Quinn




The Painter Jack Vettriano emerged from the unlikely background of the Scottish coalfields — unknown and untutored — and has seen his paintings acquired by celebrities around the world. His first exhibition sold out, as did the second and he has since become Scotland's most successful and controversial contemporary artist.

Vettriano's images are a gateway to an alluring yet sinister world; a timeless place where past and present intertwine. It is a world heavy on atmosphere evoking the great noir movies and novels of our time. The drama of men and women is played out in each canvas against a backdrop of bars and clubs, seaside and racetracks, ballrooms and bedrooms: real people acting out recognizable situations but at a dramatic and romantic intensity beyond the ordinary. Both sexes are clearly defined — the men hard-edged and mysterious, the women curvy, seductive and enigmatic. Yet beneath the confident posturing, Jack Vettriano recognizes our inherent human frailty, that there is no victor in the struggle between duplicity and desire. Both men and women are ultimately trapped by the machinations of intense love and passion with little control over their destiny.

Lovers and Other Strangers is the first monograph of Jack Vettriano's powerful paintings and the 100 essential canvases have been chosen by the artist. The critic Anthony Quinn, in a compelling essay, recounts the artist's early days in the Fife coalfields, his initial artistic endeavors on the backs of betting slips, his first solo exhibition and present phenomenal success.

Jack Vettriano is entirely self-taught. A Scotsman of Italian descent, he began his career as a mining engineer working down the Fife coalfields. His first solo exhibition in Edinburgh was a huge success and since then he has had exhibitions in London, South Africa and Hong Kong. He was recently the subject of a BBC documentary Jack Vettriano: Heaven or Hell.

Anthony Quinn is the film critic at The Independent newspaper and a contributing editor of Harpers & Queenmagazine. Jack Vettriano is represented exclusively by Portland Gallery, London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760772188
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 09/09/2005
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 9.54(w) x 11.52(h) x 0.84(d)

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