Jack Vettriano May Never Paint Again After Shoulder Injury
Jack Vettriano the Scottish painter famous for his 'Athena style’ kitsch paintings has announced he is to give up painting due to a recent accident which has caused his shoulder to be dislocated.
In a released statement the artist said; "As a result of a recent accident my right shoulder was dislocated and the reality is that I am going to be unable to paint in the foreseeable future. "I am undertaking a course of physiotherapy but am facing a long recovery period. In the meantime I would like to thank the public for their continued support and interest."
The 63-year-old artist from Fife, whose work includes The Singing Butler, (sold in 2004 for £744,000) is famous as an illustrative and sentimental favourite in the UK. His work achieves huge sums but he also generates millions for his his prints and postcards. A spokeswoman for the artist said that following his retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, the artist has never been so popular, with a growing international demand for his work.
Vettriano was born in 1951, left school at 16 and did not take up painting full-time until the age of 40 when his partner gave him a paint set as a gift. Two of his canvases submitted to the Royal Scottish Academy sold on the first day of the exhibition and he became a professional artist exhibiting in Edinburgh, London and New York. He was made an OBE in 2003.