ITS massive silhouette dominated the east Fife skyline for nearly 50 years, becoming a landmark immortalised in paintings by a Scots artist who grew up in its shadow.
THE sale of an original Jack Vettriano painting and limited-edition prints of the image featured on the First Minister's Christmas card has raised £86,000 for charity.
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AFTER years of protests and arguments over the quality of his work, a sombre self-portrait by Jack Vettriano will become the first work by the painter to go on show in the National Galleries of Scotland, in Edinburgh.
A SELF-PORTRAIT by the Scots artist Jack Vettriano will be displayed at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery when it re-opens in the autumn.
HE IS celebrated by fans and cursed by the art establishment for the blistering eroticism of his paintings. So when Alex Salmond invited Jack Vettriano to paint the Scottish Government's official Christmas card, one might have expected an image of stockings, discarded red ermine and white fur, as he embarked on an artistic interpretation of the classic song, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.
So WHAT message does the First Minister's Christmas card tell others about our proud nation? Well, it's Christmas, and far from going to church, doing good works, or thinking nice thoughts about world peace, we Scots prefer to party like it's 1959.
First Minister Alex Salmond's official Christmas card will this year feature an image created by Jack Vettriano.
A PAINTING by Jack Vettriano will feature on First Minister Alex Salmond's Christmas cards this year. Vettriano, below, said he was "immensely proud and flattered" to have been asked to produce a picture for the card.
THE price is now not right. Seven out of ten paintings by the Fife artist Jack Vettriano put up for sale by a leading auction house last week failed to find a buyer.
As a new exhibition of his work opens in his home town of Kirkcaldy this weekend, Jack Vettriano takes a journey around his childhood haunts
DREICH weather wraps us in a moist, grey fug, but it's doubtful whether sunshine would be an improvement: Kirkcaldy is looking down on its luck. So although he's serious, I chuckle when Jack Vettriano says this used to be his Mecca.
IT IS the figure of an older, wiser man lost in thought, with greying head bowed and studying his own hands.
ARTIST and self-confessed "wall decorator" Jack Vettriano was crowned this year's Great Scot at an award ceremony last night.
JACK Vettriano expects his most famous painting The Singing Butler to be part of a milestone exhibition he is planning to cover 20 years of his work, he said yesterday.
SCOTLAND'S most commercially successful artist, Jack Vettriano, has unveiled his latest work – set in the millionaires' playground of Monaco. The ten paintings are inspired by the Clyde-built Tuiga – the flagship of the Yacht Club of Monaco – and the work will be part of a major exhibition by the artist in Kirkcaldy next year.
HE IS famously proud of having seduced as well as immortalised some of his raven-haired, scarlet-lipped muses. And soon, fans too will be able to spend a night with Jack Vettriano, but can expect to pay upwards of £400 for the privilege.
JACK Vettriano, one of Scotland's most famous artists, is to sign copies of his latest books in Edinburgh next month.
COPIES of his works hang in tens of thousands of homes around the world. But now some of Jack Vettriano's best known paintings have been brought to life. Italian film-makers have recreated the pictures An Imperfect Past and After Midnight.
IT IS a bizarre war of words, even by the standards of two of Scotland's most outspoken personalities.
HE IS one of the world's best-selling painters yet has been shunned by the Scottish art establishment. Jack Vettriano's best known painting, The Singing Butler, sold at auction for £744,000 and is one of the most reproduced paintings of modern times, but none of his works has ever been acquired by Scotland's national galleries.
OVER the years, he has been sneered at by critics and shunned by gallery owners.
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