Twelve of the best by Jack go on sale

'The Road To Nowhere' by Jack Vettriano
'The Road To Nowhere' by Jack Vettriano

One of the most significant private collections of paintings by the celebrated Levenmouth artist Jack Vettriano is coming up for auction.

The stand-alone sale is to take place at Bonhams in Edibnurgh on Tuesday, March 31 with a collection comprising 12 paintings, estimated at a total of between £800,000 and £1.2 million.

All the pictures are fresh to the market and provide a cross-section of the themes that have informed Vettriano’s work for many years.

Some are familiar from illustrated books on the 63-year-old artist, who spent much of his early years in Methil and Leven.

‘Waltzers’ (estimated between £200,000-300,000), for example, is a well-known image showing elegant couples dancing under a night sky.

This theme is one of Vettriano’s most characteristic and relates, in spirit, to two other works in the sale, ‘The Road to Nowhere’ (estimate £150,000-200,000) and ‘Missing Man II’ (£100,000-150,000 each) which show stylish figures on beaches.

Other familiar works include. ‘Study for Shades of Scarlet (£100,000-150,000), one of a number of paintings set in stylish interiors and cafés depicting lovers or figures alone.

Chris Brickley, Bonhams’ head of Scottish art, said: “This is one of the most comprehensive collections of Vettriano’s work ever assembled, covering the major period of his career and giving a vivid insight into his artistic development.”

Jack Vettriano was born in November 1951 and grew up in Leven and Methil. His rise to stardom is well known – he left school at 16 and only began painting, as a hobby, in the 1970s.

Entirely self-taught, Vettriano found fame in 1989 when two of his canvases, submitted to the Scottish Royal Academy, sold on the first day. His distinctive work is now known all over the world and he counts Jack Nicholson, Sir Alex Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane among his supporters.