Born in 1951 in Scotland, Jack Vettriano grew up and left school at only sixteen to work in the nearby coalfields as a mining engineer. Upon reaching the age of twenty-one, he received a gift of a set of watercolour paints and began self-tutoring himself in painting, his inspiration mainly taken from a variety of 19th and 20th Century Scottish paintings he viewed whilst visiting the nearby Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery.
Following this, in 1990 he entered three of his finest pieces into The Royal Academy in London for the Summer Exhibition. These paintings were met with an excellent response in the exhibition and just under a decade later in 1999, Vettriano exhibited a line of his works in New York city, selling every one of the artworks in under an hour of it being exhibited. This lead to him having a huge following and gaining worldwide popularity with the works being distributed across the globe, to this day over half a million of his works have been sold as a testament to the popularity of the pieces.
Vettriano's pieces are stark with a nearly contrast-less backdrop, the main focal point of the pieces however is always apparent with strongly contrasting colours, each piece displaying a super-realistic scene almost as if ripped directly out of the stream of life, with each piece also having a beautiful composition on a cinematic level.