Born in Fife, Scotland in 1951, Jack Vettriano left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer. For his twenty-first birthday, a girlfriend gave him a set of watercolour paints and, from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint.
Over the last twenty years, interest in Vettriano’s work has grown consistently. There have been sell-out solo exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong, and New York.
2004 was an exceptional year in Vettriano’s career; his best known painting,
"The Singing Butler" was sold at Sotheby’s for close to a million US dollars; he was awarded an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts and was the subject of a South Bank Show documentary, entitled ‘Jack Vettriano: The People’s Painter‘.
In April 2015, Vettriano established his own publishing company called
Jack Vettriano Publishing Limited.