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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Jack Vettriano

Born in Fife, Scotland in 1951, Jack Vettriano left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer. For his twenty-first birthday, a girlfriend gave him a set of watercolour paints and, from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint.

In 1989, he submitted two paintings to the Royal Scottish Academy's annual exhibition; both were accepted and sold on the first day. The following year, an equally enthusiastic reaction greeted the three paintings, which he entered for the prestigious Summer Exhibition at London's Royal Academy and his new life as an artist began from that point on.

Over the last twenty years, interest in Vettriano's work has grown consistently. There have been sell-out solo exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong and New York.

2004 was an exceptional year in Vettriano's career; his best known painting, The Singing Butler was sold at Sotheby's for close to £750,000; he was awarded an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts and was the subject of a South Bank Show documentary, entitled 'Jack Vettriano: The People's Painter'.

From 1994-2007, Vettriano was represented by Portland Gallery in London but the relationship ended in June 2007. Since then, Vettriano has been focusing on a variety of private projects, including the launch of a new book, and painting of a portrait of Zara Phillips as part of a charity fund-raising project for Sport Relief, the experience of which was captured in a documentary broadcast on BBC1 in March 2008.

Vettriano divides his time between his homes in Fife, London and Nice.

Iain Faulkner

Iain Faulkner

Iain Faulkner was born in Glasgow in 1973. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1996 with a BA (Honours) Degree in Fine Art, he has established himself as a skilled draughtsman, an artist with the integrity to embrace the difficult path of contemporary figurative painting wherein the yardsticks of competence and painterly skill can be measured and judged, warts and all. Still only in his thirties, Faulkner has already had numerous successful solo shows in the UK, USA, Spain and Italy.

Irina Korsakova

Irina Korsakova

''The unicorn'' and ''Child's Play''

''I was born in Moscow in 1960. My dad was an aspiring artist; my mother at the time was nineteen. Since childhood I knew I would be an artist, looking at my dad who was getting up whenever he wanted, and depending on the mood either went to work or to his art studio or jus stayed home and built toy ships. Well, certainly I drew as well. I was introduced to drawing at nine. Perhaps, in vain, I think.
Still I was able not to dry up under the helpful hands of teachers, didn't give in to alien influences. Thank God I was able to save my individuality and after the Art school and after the College of 1905. Thanks to U.C. Zolotnikov, V.A. Geraksevich and Avisian that they let me enter my road when my guide for long time was my father Leonid Mikhailovish Korsakov. Well and as far as the vast plains are concern -- that was Maksiutin. That's how we tramp together already for 25 years in parallel paths.
Before 1990 I was working in Easel drawing, like my Dad; paper, distemper... During "Perestroika" no one needed graphic works any longer. I tried canvas, oil. Quickly I found my language, my style, theme, that let me tell about
everything. "Child's Play" , this theme is how I am known for 20 years.

I painted and am painting many portraits. In 19XX came the new theme "The unicorn." For a while I couldn't find the language for it, but then it also came. Now this theme is mine.''

Irina Korsakova


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