Sensuality in Nostalgia: the Paintings of Jack Vettriano

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The Singing Butler, Jack Vettriano Art Print

When I started seriously building an art portfolio, I was told by individuals more ‘expert’ in the art world that to be successful, an artist has to paint something ‘modern’. Be different. In other words, create art nobody can understand. Paint HUGE, use x,x,x media, paint your frustration.

It is very hard to live up to those expectations because that is not how I tick. That kind of thinking also contradicts what I know about human nature. To me, the art is only good if it speaks. I have loads to say, and through the layers of paint that the feelings come forward. I cannot paint just to get famous because I tried and it did not work. I did not like the work, and nobody really liked that type of work either.

Therefore, to be honest, I will just let the art ‘experts’ live with their reality – after all, aren’t they the ones actually selling loads of art?

Yes. But they aren’t the only people really successful at making money with art.

One of my favorite contemporary artist is such an example. He is Jack Vettriano. We can read about Vettriano (who’s real name is┬áJack Hoggan) from wikipedia and his website. Vettriano had early success, and we know his main success comes from sale of reproductions.

Vettriano’s art is nothing crazy, abstract or hard to understand. In fact the paintings are calming, ultra realistic and the scenes seem almost staged.

What is appealing to me about his paintings are his sensual use of light effects, poses and nostalgia. ┬áThis is something I truly appreciate in art, because I know how difficult it really is to paint “romance”, “passion” and sensuality. There is a fine line between sensuality and dullness, an sensuality and crudeness. Vettriano gets it just right.

 

Jack Vettriano Indoor Scenes

In Thoughts of You

 

Days of Wine & Roses
Days of Wine and Roses

Romance and Dance

Take this Waltz
Take this Waltz

Waltzers
Waltzers

Anniversary Waltz
Anniversary Waltz

Rumba in Black
Rumba in Black

Dance Me to the End of Love
Dance Me to the End of Love

 

Vettriano Beach Scenes

Elegy for a Dead Admiral
Elegy for a Dead Admiral

Mad Dogs
Mad Dogs


Summer Days

The Picnic Party II
The Picnic Party II

 

The Pier
The Pier

The Missing Man I
The Missing Man I

The Missing Man II
The Missing Man II


Back Where You Belong

Sensual Drama

Contemplation of Betrayal

Women in Love
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Contemplation of Betrayal