Levenmouth artist Jack Vettriano says a shoulder injury has temporarily forced him to give up painting.
The 63-year-old, who grew up in Methil and Leven, said his canvas would remain blank for the “foreseeable future”.
Following Vettriano’s retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow last year, there have been “a substantial number of enquiries” regarding new paintings, according to his representatives.
However, the artist issued a statement last week which said: “As a result of a recent accident, my right shoulder was dislocated and the reality is I am going to be unable to paint in the foreseeable future.
“I am undertaking a course of physiotherapy but am facing a long recovery period. “In the meantime, I would like to thank the public for their continued support and interest.”
The presentation at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery last year drew record attendances, while in March this year, a dozen of his paintings fetched almost £838,000 at auction in Edinburgh.