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 Jack 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. This 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
Romance and Dance
Vettriano Beach Scenes
Contemplation of Betrayal