Jack Vettriano seems to have been inspired by the Riviera in France . He has announced a new set of 10 paintings based on the Clyde-built Tuiga – the flagship of the Yacht Club of Monaco .”Most people are stuck at the end of Berwick Pier doing landscapes and so to get invited to be involved with the Tuiga centenary was just lovely. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself and ask, ‘Is this really going on? Am I really here?’ . The paintings include The Masthead , Sunshine and Champagne, Mystery Man, Ship of Dreams and Below Deck.
“I think the light in the Riviera is just gorgeous and for someone like me, the sheer visual pleasure that you get from being in that kind of environment – looking at beautiful motorcars, looking at beautiful women, the style and architecture – it stimulates all your senses.” Vettriano seems to have got bored with the subject of his rejectioon by the art establishment . He believes the public’s appetite for reproductions of his work is a greater reward than any acceptance by the Scottish art establishment, an issue that as far as he is concerned has been “hung, drawn and quartered”. He said: “I’m pleased when somebody spends £20 on a poster and in some ways, that is my measure of success: that a man on the street will go and do that.
“It’s not about committees sitting in smoke-filled rooms making decisions. My support is the working man.” Jack Vettriano gallery
Sotheby’s Scottish Art auction takes place in London on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 and it will bring to the market more than 150 works from many of the leading names in the field of predominantly 20th Century Scottish Art. The Scottish Colourists will feature strongly, as will Anne Redpath, Joan Eardley, Peter Howson and Jack Vettriano and the sale is estimated to bring in the region of £4 million. All of the sale’s offerings will be exhibited at Edinburgh’s Mansfield Traquair between Tuesday, September 15 and Thursday, September 17 and this exhibition is open to the public. Jack Vettriano will be represented by some 15 works, the most valuable of which is Bathers, which was exhibited at The Solstice Gallery in Edinburgh in August 1991 in the very same exhibition as two of the artist’s most iconic images, The Singing Butler and Mad Dogs. Bathers dates to the most significant period of Vettriano’s career and is expected to fetch £100,000-150,000. Pincer Movement , which has been published as a limited edition print , is also for sale. Photogold has supplied Jack Vettriano prints online since 1998. Guardian art reviews
Two Jack Vettriano paintings are up for auction at Sothebys . Rough Trade, estimated at Â£100,000-150,000 (lot 150), and Dance Me to the End of Love, estimated at Â£100,000-150,000 (lot 149), are of particular note in this group. Dance Me to the End of Love is one of Vettrianoâ€™s most celebrated images.
Now, the first of the bi-annual sales in the field this year will be staged on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 and it will bring to the market superb examples by many of the best-known Scottish artists of the 20th century, including Samuel John Peploe, George Leslie Hunter, Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath and Alison Watt. The sale of some 150 lots – many of which have exemplary provenance having never previously appeared on the auction market – will be staged for the first time at the companyâ€™s New Bond Street galleries in London. Sothebyâ€™s will, however, be travelling all of the works to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on April 19, 20 and 21 for public exhibition.
Speaking about the sale, Andre Zlattinger, Senior Director and Head of Scottish Pictures at Sothebyâ€™s, said: â€œFollowing the success of our recent sales – and the interest weâ€™ve regularly received from collectors in Asia, the US, the Middle East and Europe – we think the time is right for Scottish Pictures to have a more international pedestal. The Scottish market has become truly global and we are therefore delighted to announce that our sales of Scottish Pictures going forward will be staged at our New Bond Street salerooms in London. Our forthcoming sale is one of our most interesting sales for many years; it contains a rich diversity of Scottish painting by acclaimed artists such as Sir Edwin Landseer, Samuel John Peploe, George Leslie Hunter, Anne Redpath, Joan Eardley, Sir Robin Philipson and Alison Watt. The sale has something to offer all collectors in the field of Scottish painting.â€
Two rare paintings are back on display at Trinity House maritime museum in Leith after essential conservation work.
The Trinity House collection includes four paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn. Most notable is a portrait of Admiral Duncan, who led the British fleet to victory against the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797. This critical engagement in the Napoleonic wars made the admiral a national hero. Trinity House awarded him the Freedom of the Incorporation and commissioned Raeburn to paint his portrait for the walls of their headquarters.
One restored painting , dating from around 1885 and by an unknown artist, shows a Glasgow ship called the Loch Broom in full sail. The vessel was still in service as late as 1917, by which time it was in Scandinavian hands and renamed the Songdal, when it was sunk by a German submarine.The other painting, which dates from 1891, is by Bernard Benedict Hemy (1855-1913) and shows a steam tug towing a sailing ship.
Hemyâ€™s family had emigrated to Australia in 1852, but he returned and settled in the north of England. Historic Scotland conservators Damiana Magris and Ailsa Murray carried out the work, which included cleaning and stabilisation of the oil paint.Ailsa said: â€œThis is a lovely project to work on. The paintings at Trinity House give a real insight into the history of Leith and its role as a great sea port.
â€œBut itâ€™s also fascinating to find out more about the stories behind the paintings â€“ the artists who created them and even what happened to the ships themselves.â€The operation is part of a long-term project to conserve around 175 paintings which were transferred to the care of HS by the Incorporation of Mariners and Shipâ€™s Masters in 2005.Hugh Morrison, Historic Scotland collections registrar, said: â€œTrinity House is a wonderful place and has a nationally important collection of maritime paintings and artefacts.
â€œSince the collection came into our ownership we have carefully catalogued what is there and assessed its condition so we can make sure that it is all properly conserved and protected for the future. The job of conserving the paintings will take many years, so we have started with those most in need of attention, and our experts are gradually working their way through them.
â€œThe two pictures which have just gone back on display mark a remarkable point in history â€“ the very end of the age of sail.
â€œIn fact, it comes as quite a surprise to a lot of people that wooden ships like the Songdal would have been operating in an era when the oceans were being stalked by submarines.â€
The incorporation, which was founded in 1380, had the mansion in Kirkgate built in 1816 and many of the paintings it contains were commissioned or donated by members. Historic Scotlandâ€™s Collections Unit spent two years carrying out a complete condition check and fully documenting the collection before starting work on the items in most urgent need of attention. Four paintingshave been completed so far.
Suzan Wolters .Suzan is a full time artist and has been for the past 25 years.
Suzan:”My love for working in clay is one of my most vivid childhood memories, I have been growing up with paint and clay, it was almost inevitable that I was being drawn to dedicate my live sculpting and painting. From my early twenties up to now I have been sculpting and painting, at first reproductions of antique dolls in porcelain, after that I sculpted infants in polymer clay and later my well known and recognizable happy plus-size woman in their full form.
I have always been enchanted with sculpts and paintings of big woman, in particulair happy ones, they are often so much more buoyant and graceful than thinner woman”.
Suzan received for her sculptings several prestigious prices at International art shows in New York. Her sculptings are collectible items in Japan, the USA, Australia, Russia and Europe.
“A few years ago my mother moved to a new house and asked me to paint her a big happy woman, I thought that would be a fun thing to do and a passion emerged….I was hooked!
Every time I am working on a painting I get ‘bewitched’ in putting together a voluptuous confident and happy female,it is a very fulfilling and gratifying experience.
I work mainly from live models, beautiful plus size woman with a positive image of themselves.
A ‘feel good’ mood and a smile is what Suzan is hoping for when people view her work.
Jack Vettriano’s portrait of Zara Phillips is titled The Olympian. Vettriano revelaed the portarit to phillips on the Sport Poraits on BBC1 last night . Th Vettriano’s obvious relief , zara liked the painting . The pressure was on vettriano and he looked a worried man until Phillips gave it the OK . The painting will be auctioned in aid of Sport relief , the Comic relief fund raising event this year
Two early paintings by the artist Jack Vettriano have gone under the hammer in Edinburgh for almost Â£10,000. The paintings, which were sold to a private collection in Scotland, were completed by the artist in the 1980s. Vettriano recently brushed aside claims he had copied some of his most famous paintings from an art manual. The works sold on Saturday – Three Girls Bathing in the Sea and Boy Boating – were completed by the artist nearly 20 years ago when he preferred to be known by his father’s name, Hoggan.
Two paintings by Jack Vettriano go up for sale at auction today.One of the paintings, called Gathering Shells, is a rare example of the Fife artist’s watercolour skills and could attract interest from the keenest collectors of his work. Initial estimates say it will sell for between Â£2000-Â£3000, but it could go for much more if a bidding war broke out among collectors.