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Fallen Angels - Paintings by Jack Vettriano (2nd Hand Hardback)

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Edited by W. Gordon Smith.

A collection of paintings by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano, whose style calls to mind the days of Bogart's Hollywood, complemented by stories, poems and dialogues by Scottish writers.

Painter Jack Vettriano emerged from the unlikely background of the Scottish coalfields - unknown and untutored - and has seen his canvases hung in the Royal Scottish Academy. His first exhibition sold out, then the second. He sent the maximum, three paintings, to the Royal Academy summer show in Piccadilly; all three were hung. Alongside over forty Vettriano paintings are stories, poems, dialogue from plays, and other fine examples of Scottish writing.

W Gordon Smith, playwright and art critic, has woven an anthology of new and old writing round the painter’s images, complementing them, matching their moods, extending the lives of his characters beyond their frozen moments on canvas. Some of Scotland’s most accomplished writers have accepted the challenge to put their imagination into free fall and, by interpreting Vettriano’s paintings in such diverse ways, plunder some of their mysteries and perhaps go some way towards explaining their unique appeal.

  • Format : Larger, Square 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - The Arts, Photography & Fashion
  • Published : 1994 (Pavillion Books - 1st Edition)
  • ISBN : 9781857933840
  • SKU : B002655
  • PPC : SP600gm
  • RRP : £16.99 (Unclipped)
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

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External Reviews

"This delightful anthology, edited by Gordon Smith, originally published in 1994 presents some 44 works ,each with its own individual ekphrasis style interpretation by Vettriano's Scottish contemporaries, from a variety of artistic backgrounds. A must have addition to the library of any serious artlover."

"For people that love Vetttriano, any book which exhibits his paintings is appreciated. This one does more; it's a compendium of paintings with stories and poems that complement and paint word pictures to go along with his film noir vision of the world." - Amazon Reviews.

The Contributors

Jack Vettriano is entirely self-taught. A Scotsman of Italian descent, he left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer working down the Fife coalfields. 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. His first solo exhibition in Edinburgh was a sell-out and since then he has had solo exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and New York. Over the last twenty years, interest in Vettriano’s work has grown consistently. Vettriano’s best known painting, The Singing Butler, was sold at Sotheby’s for close to £750,000. He was awarded an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts. In 2013, a major twenty year Retrospective exhibition of Vettriano's work was staged at Kelvingrove art Gallery and Musuem in Glasgow. He lives in Edinburgh.

W. Gordon Smith was a Scottish playwright, documentary maker, art critic and writer on culture, a fount of knowledge about the arts and a formidable raconteur. He was born in Edinburgh and lived most of his life there. He wrote many plays including the one man show, Jock, made famous by Russell Hunter. He also wrote the lyrics, Come By The Hills, set to the tune of the traditional Irish song, Buachaill o'n Éirne Mé.