Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano.

Critics tend either to ignore Vettriano or to swat him lazily away with the backs of their cultured hands. Among their objections are that “he can’t paint; he just colors in” (Sandy Moffat, former head of painting at the Glasgow School of Art); that his work is “inoffensive enough” but “repetitive, limited and soulless” (Duncan Macmillan, art critic at The Scotsman); and that he is “a media creation” whose ” ‘popularity’ rests on cheap commercial reproductions of his paintings” (Richard Calvocoressi, director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art).

Jack Vettriano is far and away Scotland’s most successful contemporary painter. “The Singing Butler,” his 1992 painting of an elegant couple dancing on a stormy beach, sold for nearly Β£750,000 (about $1.3 million at today’s exchange rate) two years ago, the highest price ever paid for a Scottish painting at auction. (Source)