From Hoggan to Vettriano: Jack’s Journey at Kirkcaldy Galleries

Jack Vettriano, 'Valentine Rose'
Jack Vettriano, 'Valentine Rose'. Image Neil Hanna/OnFife

Title:
Jack Vettriano: The Early Years 2022

From: 17 Jun 2022

To: 23 Oct 2022

Venue:
Kirkcaldy Galleries
War Memorial Gardens
Kirkcaldy
Fife
KY1 1YG

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When he was an apprentice mining engineer aspiring to be an artist, painter Jack Vettriano often visited Kirkcaldy Galleries. Now, a retrospective focusing on his early career brings together some of his most famous works alongside previously-unseen paintings done in his twenties and thirties. He began painting after receiving a set of paints for his 21st birthday, signing his early work with his birth name, Jack Hoggan, and switching to his mother’s maiden name after moving to London in 2000, and going on to become one of Scotland’s most famous and recognisable painters.

A video interview with Jack, commenting on Fife, its coastline, his paintings and upbringing, can be found on OnFife’s website.

With thanks to OnFife for their kind assistance in arranging Artmag’s attendance at the exhibition’s opening evening on 16th June.

Jack Vettriano at Kirkcaldy Galleries at the opening of the exhibition, 16th June
Jack Vettriano at Kirkcaldy Galleries at the opening of the exhibition. Present alongside Artmag, notable figures from the Scottish arts scene, name-checked by Jack, included author Ian Rankin and singer Marti Pellow (see below). 
Ian Rankin, Jack Vettriano and Heather Stuart. Image Fife Photo Agency
Ian Rankin, Jack Vettriano and Heather Stuart, Chief Executive OnFife. Image Fife Photo Agency
Jack Vettriano and Marti Pellow. Image Fife Photo Agency
Jack Vettriano and Marti Pellow. Image Fife Photo Agency
Jack Vettriano at Kirkcaldy Galleries
The opening of the exhibition, 16th June. In the left-hand corner is the letter of rejection letter from Edinburgh College of Art, February 1989.
Jack Vettriano at Kirkcaldy Galleries. Image Neil Hanna/OnFife
Jack Vettriano at Kirkcaldy Galleries. Image Neil Hanna/OnFife

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