Jack bowled over by record-breaking show

Artist Jack Vettriano at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow a day ahead of his retrospective exhibition. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 20th Sept 2013
Artist Jack Vettriano at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow a day ahead of his retrospective exhibition. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 20th Sept 2013

Leven-born artist Jack Vettriano’s recent exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has become the most successful in the Glasgow-based gallery’s history.

‘Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective’ closed its doors on Sunday after a phenomenally successful five months, and has been hailed as the most successful show to appear at the gallery, overtaking that of The Glasgow Boys in 2010.

More than 130,000 people visited the exhibition since it opened in September, and the gallery even had to open late on several occasions to deal with the demand.

Commenting on the news, Jack said he was “astonished”.

“From the very outset, I have been treated with enormous warmth and appreciation by the management and staff of Kelvingrove Art Gallery, and I am deeply touched to hear that their enthusiasm has been echoed by so many of the visitors to my exhibition, during its five-month run,” he said.

“I am also hugely indebted to the collectors of my work, who so generously loaned their paintings for this retrospective.

“Exhibiting in such majestic surroundings as Kelvingrove has been a great honour.”

Councillor Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow Life, added; “From the beginning, we knew that the Jack Vettriano Retrospective was going to be popular.

“The response has been nothing short of phenomenal, and confirms the public’s affection for the artist and his works.

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to host this exhibition and to bring together the biggest collection of Jack’s works ever seen.”