‘I know’, I thought, ‘Why don’t I try and make a Jack Vettriano painting?’
Well an hour later I have decided I can’t take anymore and I accept that this is very unfinished but there is a soulless feel to Vettriano’s work that I just can’t get beyond.. Vettriano is something of a marmite artist amongst the art world – most professional artists have little regard for him but the art dealers can’t get enough. My views are I find his work uninspiring and certainly underwhelming. I can say this with an amount of confidence as I travelled to Glasgow the other year to see his first, and I believe only, retrospective. As for professional artists distrain you do have to wonder if there is more than a little jealousy as Vettriano’s paintings sell for a very good price indeed, hence the enthusiasm of the art dealers and I guess the art buying public.