Born in Scotland in 1953 of Italian parents, Jack Vettriano began his career as a mining engineer in the Scottish coalfields, painting only in his spare time. In 1988, Vettriano gave up his job as a mining engineer in order to paint full-time.
To date Jack Vettriano has enjoyed great success in spite of his lack of formal training. His career has flourished, with exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Johannesburg and Hong Kong. Vettriano submitted two oil paintings to the Royal Scottish Academy, which were selected, hung and immediately sold. His success at the Academy led to a joint show during the 1991 Edinburgh festival at the Solstice Gallery. In 1992, three artworks were accepted by The Royal Academy in London for the Summer Exhibition and later in the same year his first solo exhibition was a sell-out.
Jack Vettrianos paintings hint at stories of seduction and betrayal in a style that has been compared to some of the great realist painters of America and England. His work has been likened to that of Walter Sickert, Edward Hopper and the photographer Brassai, and to some show influences from Scotland's distinctive Colorist tradition.