March 22, 2004
More public recognition for Jack Vettriano

Last night I watched the South Bank Show, the TV show that is built around an artist of some kind being interview by Melvyn Bragg. This time, the artist Bragg was talking to was Jack Vettriano. Vettriano's immense popularity (particularly among women), and the disdain felt towards him by the modernist art establishment were both extensively discussed and reported on.

To me, the amusing thing was that modernist museum bosses are starting to get the kind of treatment from the the media, for refusing to answer questions about why they don't show Vettriano's work, that is more normally what they dish out to people like the bosses of tobacco companies or nuclear power stations. Tate supremo Nick Serota, for instance, "declined to be interviewed".

I have another posting here about Vettriano.

More Vettriano imagery here.

By the way, although I pretty much assumed that Vettriano worked form photos, this show made this procedure absolutely explicit. What he does is set up the scene he wants to paint, with live models. He then photos it. And he then does his painting by copying the photo.

Yet another example of the profound influence that photography has had upon painting.

You get the feeling that if all Vettriano did was try to sell photos like this, then however pretty they were, he wouldn't have done nearly so well. Personally I'd be fascinated to see some of these photos, to see what is added, or maybe subtracted, by Vettriano redoing them as paintings.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 12:42 AM
Category: Painting