Jack Vettriano’s Pincer Movement painting is to go on sale by auction at Sotheby’s on 30th September. Other paintings in the sale include Seated Nude (Study) , Study for Lady Stripper , After the Thrill is Gone (Study) , a letter of consequence II , Study for Lady Stripper , Twilight Zone and Self Portrait after Swannell
Two of Scotland’s heavyweight artists have teamed up to help new band St Jude’s Infirmary with their new album . Ian Rankin and Jack Vettriano have made contributions with Rankin penning lyrics and recording tracks and Vettriano creating a self-portrait for its latest album, released this weekend
St Jude’s Infirmary will showcase This Has Been The Death of Us on Saturday, also unveiling its unique artwork – created by Vettriano after he was so moved by one of its songs he painted the self-portrait as a gift.
The album is all about Edinburgh, described as a “love letter to Edinburgh” by the band who have written about its streets and pubs, with the help of Rankin and Vettriano.
Bassist Grant Campbell, 34, from Abbeyhill, said: “There is no question Ian and Jack have become great patrons for the band. “I am sure there will be people who will be wary of their involvement, but when they hear the album they’ll appreciate their value. Ian has an amazing syncopation to his spoken word and Jack has a voice that sounds like it’s been dug up from the coalfield.”
St Jude’s Infirmary will perform an acoustic set at the launch of the album, on Saturday night, at the National Portrait Gallery. It has not yet been confirmed whether Rankin and Vettriano will attend. Jack Vettriano
is one of the UK’s top selling artists with The Singing Butler being his most famous artwork .
August is the month when the attention of the UK art market starts to turn towards Scotland, to Scottish art auctions and the Edinburgh Art Festival. For the first time in over 4o years, Sotheby’s will not be holding its regular sale of Scottish at the five-star Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
However , Sotheby’s is previewing its next Scottish art sale in Edinburgh in mid-September, before a London auction later in the month. For this it has managed to gather an impressive array of Scottish Colourists, including 10 works by the painter Jack Vettriano
Jack Vettriano’s new publishing company Heartbreak Publishing have announced a new limited edition print of Francis Bacon .When asked to talk about his favourite artist in a newspaper interview , Vettriano chose Francis Bacon
“Late last year, I visited the Bacon exhibition at the Tate Britain. I had previously seen isolated examples of his work in london and New york; I felt very priveleged to be in those rooms but the overwhelming emotion was one of pure, unadulterated shock. My senses were being ravished. I felt I was reeling from room to room, I had never experienced anything quite like this before. I fled, breathless into the Winter’s day trying to comprehend what I had just seen.
My Baconisation started in 1995 when I read Dan Farson’s wonderful ‘The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon’; I became instantly fascinated and captivated by both his work and his lifestyle. Here is a man who over forty years earlier had assaulted the sensibilities of the London art viewing public by exhibiting ‘Three Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’. It was a horrorifying introduction to a body of work that was to evolve into surely one of the most important ever created.
Here is a man, self taught, almost entirely self-educated, painting the pleasure and the pain of his own existence. Such integrity produces great art – for great art is from the heart.”
more details about new portrait of Francis Bacon by Michael Clark
Rolf Harris unveiled his new painting in front of the players themselves, including Martina Navratilova and Bjorn Borg in London yesterday.
The artist selected five male and five female players who have won a Wimbledon singles title, with the champions ranging from current mens champion Roger Federer, to Suzanne Lenglen, who won her first title back in 1919.
Harris said: “They are all so good at the moment, and the new ones are coming along all the time. Murray with a bit of luck could get in there, he has improved so much in the last year”, he said.
Out of the ten former champions included, Venus Williams gave him the most enjoyment to paint: “It was the first one I painted, and I just love the muscles and the strength of it all. The smash shot that she just played (in the painting), she’s just hit the ball, closed her eyes, and she knows it is going away for a winner”, he said.
The complete list is as follows; Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf, Billie-Jean King, Rod Laver, Suzanne Lenglen, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras and Venus Williams. Rolf Harris paints and presents numerous TV programmes