Artist’s anger as Vettriano ‘parody’ is removed from exhibition

METHIL;'Pic of spoof Vettriano painting on display by DOM'photo; WALTER NEILSON
METHIL;'Pic of spoof Vettriano painting on display by DOM'photo; WALTER NEILSON

AN ADAM Smith College student’s mischievous artwork has been pulled from an exhibition at a Kirkcaldy shopping centre.

Dom Currie (55), was furious when the college took down his tongue-in-cheek reworking of Jack Vettriano’s ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ — complete with a pooing dog — from the exhibition in The Mercat.

Dom said that the picture was intended to raise awareness of the quantities of dog mess on the beach in his native Methil, and also a wry commentary on Vettriano’s art.

He believed the picture had been taken down because Vettriano gives the college a scholarship, and they did not want to risk offending the artist.

Exposure

He said: “The painting received a lot of positive comment. A newspaper got in touch, and the picture got some exposure, but members of the college took the hump and took it down in case the great man didn’t throw some crumbs their way.”

Dom, a former lecturer at Carnegie College, took his case to the college authorities.

He said: “I let them know in no uncertain terms I was furious. It’s only a parody for goodnesss sake. It’s absolutely disgraceful.

“It’s about dog fouling on Methil beach and also my take on Vettriano’s art. I don’t consider him a good artist.”

Dom and Vettriano both grew up in Methil and now he aims to be the next Fifer to break into the art world, having already had offers for a number of his pieces ... and he doesn’t rule out the return of the pooping dog.

He said: “I’m thinking of using the pooch in a few more of my art works. Everybody who doesn’t like Vettriano loves it. I’m thinking of selling prints.”

This is not the first time that a piece of Dom’s art has been the subject of controversy. A picture he made of the Royal Family was banned from an exhibition at Falkirk Palace.

He added: “This is becoming a bit of a habit.”

Both Adam Smith College and Jack Vettriano declined to comment.