There is a story behind every painting by Jack Vettriano , but the background to the painting of Bluebird at Bonneville is particularly interesting . The original painting was one of seven commissioned by London restaurateur and designer Sir Terence Conran in 1997. A series of seven paintings, featuring the Bluebird and produced for Sir Terence Conran’s Bluebird Club in Chelsea, were among the artist’s first major commissions.
In 2007 a number of paintings by Jack Vettriano were sold for more than £1m. The top sale was Bluebird at Bonneville, bought for £468,000 at a Sotheby’s auction held at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
The works were inspired by the Bluebird cars driven by world-renowned racing motorist Sir Malcolm Campbell when he set nine land speed records during the 1920s and 30s.
The works were put up for auction following the refurbishment of the Bluebird Club.
A second of the Bluebird paintings, The British are Coming, fetched £114,000 at the Gleneagles sale.
The sale is the second highest price for a Vettriano after the Singing Butler fetched £744,500 in 2004.
Five in the set went unsold but six other Vettriano paintings were snapped up by bidders.
One of the artist’s best-known images, Dance Me to the End of Love, featuring two ballroom dancers dancing on a beach, sold for £192,000.
Study for Shades of Scarlet went for £102,000.
The eight works were bought for a total of just over £1m.
Vettriano said ahead of the sale: “The Bluebird series was one of my first major commissions, and I was thrilled when Sir Terence Conran approached me with the project.
“The brief was pretty clear: ‘I know you have to paint cars, but try and make them sexy’.
“I have always had an interest in classic cars and so the commission really appealed.”
The Fife artist received an OBE for services to the visual arts in 2003.
Photogold is an official Jack Vettriano Prints stockist
This new premium limited edition is being produced in the same size as the original painting ( 30″ x 24″ ) in a very high quality giclee format which is then hand embellished with 3 coats of lacquer to give a satin finish. They are board mounted and all will come supplied in the the same type of frame that is used for original work. There will be no white border around the picture and no glass over the image. All are signed and numbered by the artist in silver pen in the bottom corner of the image.
Each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity
Edition size: 100 + 10 Artist’s Proofs
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This beautiful image is available mounted .
Image Size 25.0 x 20.8 cm Mount Size 41.8 x 48.0 cm All prints have been signed and numbered by Jack Vettriano and come with Certificates of Authenticity.
The original painting of Diva was painted in 2012 and has never been formally exhibited by Jack Vettriano.
Photogold Prints are an official Jack Vettriano prints stockist and have a wide range of Vettriano limited edition prints in stock.
Is Jack Vettriano still painting ?
Yes , Jack Vettriano is still active as an artist . Back in 2015 Vettriano suffered an injury due to an accident. He released a statement at the time saying that he had dislocated his shoulder and was facing a long recovery period. Scottish artist Jack Vettriano is one of the most popular and successful artists in the world.