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Lovers and Other Strangers: Paintings by Jack Vettriano Paperback – 11 Jul 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; New edition edition (11 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862056307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862056305
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.4 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The text is intriguing - less biography than apology, an attempt to dismiss the mass of political opinion with a success story and include Vettriano in the cultural mainstream" (The Glasgow Herald)

About the Author

Jack Vettriano was born in Scotland in 1954. He left school at fifteen, became an apprentice mechanical engineer the following year and worked for five years in the Fife coalfields. He began painting in his spare time at the age of 21. In 1989 he submitted two paintings to the Royal Scottish Academy annual exhibition: both pieces were accepted, hung and sold. This exposure led to his first solo exhibition in 1992 - since then he has had exhibitions in London, South Africa and Hong Kong. He has been featured in many radio programmes, including The Usual Suspects, Home Truths, Postscript and Midweek on Radio 4. His work was featured in BBC 2's coverage of the 1995 Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh Nights. His first book, Fallen Angels, named after his 1993 exhibition, is also published by Pavilion Books.


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If anyone out there once had the oppertunity to purchase one of this man's paintings, but passed on it because you couldn't afford it and eat at the same time, this book is a real treat. Jack Vettrano's paintings are possibly some of the best art work to come out of the 20th Century, and, as the introductions states, now outsell any other poster images available. Quite right too. Each painting is a captured moment in time. The back story is yours to define and the moments after are too. What he manages to capture is that amazing turning point in a story, where, for a moment, you can't imagine what's going to happen.
As you can now find his pictures on everything from calenders and biscuit tins to mouse mats and coasters, this book is a wonderful insight into the man and his painings, reprducing far more than you will ever find in the art cards section in Smiths. From his beautiful beach settings, to the more erotic, sometimes disturbing nightlife scenes, you are taken to a place that could have existed if George Orwell and Edward Hopper ever went into business together. (Surreal I know, but...)
A note to the publishers however: Please don't print across two pages, we want to see the whole picture without breaking the book's spine!
Other than that, this is a wonderful book. If only I had the money to buy that painting all that time ago...
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I would have liked to give this beautiful book 5 stars as the quality of the art was exactly as I would have expected of Jack Vettriano, it looses a star because of the layout of the gallery section of the book where a number of the paintings are layed out across the centre crease. I would rather have a smaller reproduction on one side of paper than a larger reproduction part of whose detail is lost in the book's crease.
But don't let my critism put you off this book, there are a lot of painting reproduced on a single side and therefore have not spoilt by the book's formatting.
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The second hand catalogue arrived in good condition. Its value depends on whether one likes the artist's work. He is very sought after but not to everyone's taste.
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Great book shows many prints not seen before, love it. Bit of reading at front but i mainly got it to see what different prints are/could be available.
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An excellent book explaining the pictures. I will buy more Jack Vettriano books. I like his paintings. His work is interesting
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