About the Exhibition“It will not be without some considerable emotion that I will be reunited with some of my own paintings; works that span 20 years of my career and many of which I have not seen in years.” Jack Vettriano
This retrospective exhibition showcases such key paintings as Dance me to the end of Love (1998), Mad Dogs (1992), Long Time Gone (2006), Bluebird at Bonneville (1996) and The Billy Boys (1994). Alongside these classic, romantically themed paintings for which Vettriano is perhaps best known, this exhibition will also feature extensive examples of his powerfully erotic works such as Game On (1999), The Parlour of Temptation (1996), An Imperfect Past (2000), Fetish (1998 )and Night Geometry (1996). All the paintings featured in this exhibition are on loan from private collections and many are going on public display for the first time in close to 20 years.
Jack Vettriano said: “I was deeply touched when approached by Kelvingrove Art Gallery about staging a Retrospective exhibition for me, having long since been an admirer of their collections and overall ethos. Exhibiting in such majestic surroundings is a great honour and one for which I am extremely grateful. I look forward to spending some time in Glasgow and renewing my acquaintance with some of my favourite paintings in Kelvingrove’s Collection – works by the likes of Van Gogh and the Scottish Colourists that, in many ways, inspired me to become an artist at the outset.
It will not be without some considerable emotion that I will also be reunited with some of my own paintings; works that span 20 years of my career and many of which I have not seen in years. I’ve been very lucky that my works have found their way into a diverse range of private collections around the world over the years and I am most grateful to the owners for so kindly loaning their paintings back for this special exhibition.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “It is a very great honour for Kelvingrove to be welcoming this unique retrospective of the career of Jack Vettriano. It is testament to how much his work is appreciated and loved that so many private owners are willing to lend us these paintings so we can tell the whole story of Jack Vettriano’s career for the first time. Kelvingrove currently displays a self-portrait by Jack Vettriano which has proved immensely popular among visitors so we are delighted to be extending this relationship between Scotland’s best loved artist and Glasgow’s most treasured attraction. Kelvingrove is the perfect venue for this exhibition which will allow people to enjoy some of the great treasures from Jack Vettriano’s career alongside Glasgow’s own internationally significant collection.”
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