The 300ft chimney stack at Methil Power Station, Fife has been blown up – marking the demolition of the last part of the building.The iconic structure was visible for miles and featured in Jack Vettriano’s Long Time Gone.
Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch as the concrete structure came down.
ScottishPower, which owns the site, said that it had decided to use explosives after consulting with experts. Vettriano has paid tribute to the building , saying that it was the backdrop to many important events in his life , including his first kiss.The power station, which became operational in 1965, provided more than 1,000 jobs and generated electricity for more than 3.5 million homes before closing in 2000.
A painting Still Life with Coffee Pot has broken the record price for Scottish art.
Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe’s painting fetched nearly £1 million, breaking the record set seven years ago by Jack Vettriano with his famous The Singing Butler.
The painting was sold yesterday to a UK private collector at Christie’s in London.
Christie’s British and Scottish pictures expert Andre Zlattinger said: “It’s a masterpiece by him, a fabulous picture, and a great result.”
The price for the 1905 painting, including the buyer’s premium, was £937,250. The previous record for a work by Peploe was £623,650 for Tulips, sold by Sotheby’s in London last year. The Peploe was painted in 1905 while he was still under the influence of Manet and before he became obsessed with bright colour, was a still life with silver coffee pot, which sold for a record £937,250 to art adviser Susannah Pollen. Record prices for L S Lowry and Stanley Spencer claimed the headlines of last week’s 20th-century British Art auctions in London as Christie’s posted the highest ever total for a sale in that category – £17.9 million. A collector bought LS Lowry’s The Football Match (1947) for £5.6 million
The restoration of the statue of William Hogarth in Chiswick to its former glory has begun. The works will be paid for by section 106 funding after lobbing by Chiswick Councillors. Situated in front of Barclay’s Bank on the High Road, the statue of Chiswick’s most famous former resident and “founder of English painting” was first unveiled in 2001 by Ian Hislop and David Hockney. Also present was local resident Peter Blake bringing arguably Britain’s two greatest living artists to honour one of the country’s all-time greats.
Since the unveiling members of the William Hogarth Trust have commemorated the artist’s birthday by placing flowers there each year.
In November 2006, broadcaster Kirsty Young unveiled a new information panel next to the statue on what would have been Hogarth’s 309th birthday. Peter Blake is often called the grandfather of pop art . In the 60s he became famous as the designer of the cover of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album . He has continued working up until the present day. His most recent works include the Venice Suite and box sets of the ‘world series’, ‘Paris Suite‘ & ‘Butterflyman, homage to Damien Hirst’.
Blake continues on his tour of the great cities of the world, following his Venice Suite of 2009, and has now brought his unique vision to the City of Light in the Paris Suite. This beautifully presented portfolio set is comprised of twenty original silkscreen prints on paper. Once again Blake has taken inspiration from an antique souvenir postcard set of the city, using these as the basis for each packed collage composition. Blake creates hugely complex and humorous scenarios filled by characters and objects found in his personal collection of printed materials. The series contains several classic Blake motifs such as the circus, magic crowds, dancing and butterflies, and showcases the sophistry of his compositional skills. Blake’s careful balance and soft application of colour throughout the series, render the works reminiscent of old-fashioned aquatints; they could almost be illustrations to a story book from yesteryear- he leaves it to the viewer to create the story. Collage has been a medium that has fascinated Blake since his first experiments at the Royal College of Art in 1955. He took inspiration from artists such as Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst to create collages that were surreal and comic visual stories bringing together many disparate and strange elements.
Paris Suite comprises: Paris- 10 Man Upright, Paris-Aquarium, Paris- Butterflies I, Paris- Butterflies II, Paris- Charabanc Outing, Paris- Chicken Art, Paris- Circus I, Paris- Circus II, Paris- Confucius, Paris- Dancing, Paris- Elephants, Paris- Girl, Paris- Lowering Elephants, Paris- Men with their Pets, Paris- Monkeys, Paris- The Day the Apes Escaped, Paris- The Day the Seine Froze Over, Paris- The Kiss, Paris- Women with their Pets, Paris- Working Elephants and is presented in a museum quality binding-box. Each artwork is a signed limited edition silkscreen print on paper with glazes.
Jack Vettriano is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year in a special way with the publication of a limited edition print of his Valentine Rose. Jack Vettriano has donated edition number 1/100 to a fund-raising auction for Maggie’s Cancer Care , which is to take place on Friday 11th February at The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. Limited Edition Giclee Print
20 x 16.5ins Framed size: 31.0 x 28.5ins,
Published in 2011,
Paper: 350 gsm Museum Etching paper paper ,
Edition Size: 100 + 10 Artist’s Proofs,
Signed and numbered by the artist. This limited edition print is available framed and unframed. This image was first published as a silkscreen print
in March 2003 .
Image Size: 27 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches, 70.8 x 56.5 cms
Paper Size: 35 x 28 1/2 inches, 88.9 x 72.4 cms Paper: 400 gsm Velin Arches Blanc
In 2004 Jack Vettriano’s painting of The Singing Butler set a record price for a Scottish painting. It sold for £744,500. Samuel Peploe’s Still Life with Coffee Pot might beat this record at auction in May. Auctioneer Christie’s have put an estimate of £1.2 million on the work. It is described as a rare early work by Peploe , the most famous Scottish Colourist . Four other paintings by Peploe will also be in the auction. The Singing Butler is Vettriano’s most famous and successful image . It has been published as a poster and a canvas print
Portrait in Black and Pearl is a Jack Vettriano Limited Edition Giclee Print , 14 x 12 ins . Framed size: 29.0 x 25.0 ins.
Published in 2010 . Paper: 350 gsm Museum Etching paper paper . Edition Size: 250 + 25 Artist’s Proofs . Signed and numbered by the artist.
Jack Vettriano Limited Edition Giclee Prints from Photogold. Jack Vettriano was the subject of some debate last month when Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond chose one of his images, Let’s Twist Again , for his Christmas card. Despite this accolade a Scottish parliament group decided not to include any of Vettriano’s work in their art collection. MSP Ted Brocklebank said he hoped the First Minister’s use of the specially-commissioned Let’s Twist Again, which shows a glamorous couple dancing at a Christmas party, might prompt a change of heart.
Mr Brocklebank said: “If a man can sell as many paintings as he has, he must have something. Our parliament should be a place which represents the best of contemporary Scotland.”
Much loved artist Beryl Cook has a new exhibition in Radlett , Herfordshire this month. There have not been many exhibitions of her work since her untimely death in 2008.The Beryl Cook exhibition, held annually at the McNeil Gallery, in Watling Street, contains much of the artist’s older prints and “very rare editions”.
Famous for her depictions of large women out on the town, Beryl Cook’s work is sold all over the world.
Gallery Owner Beverly McNeil said: “Victoria Wood is to word as Beryl is to image.”
The exhibition runs from January 15-21, opening times are 10.30am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 12pm-4pm on Sunday.
Jack Vettriano has appeared on the BBC Breakfast time in an interview about his career and his new London exhibition which opens on Thursday. He speaks rather quietly and nervously about his work . He chats about the Singing Butler and his inspiration for the new images on show in London this week. ‘Days of Wine and Roses ‘ exhibition ran in Scotland for 6 weeks and it was very successful . The images are from Monaco , trams in Milan and his classic images including Dance me to the End of Love . You can also chat with Photogold about Vettriano on Twitter
Photogold has 3 new special offers on Jack Vettriano prints.
.Save £50 on a set of 2 Jack Vettriano canvas prints . Customers can choose any 2 prints from the six canvas prints published in March. The set includes Vettriano’s most famous image the Singing Butler plus Bluebird at Bonneville, In Thoughts of You, the Pier , the Picnic Party and Dance me to the End of Love .
Delivery in the UK is free on all these special offers . Normal delivery time on canvas prints is 2 weeks. Jack Vettriano fans are currently waiting for details of his new exhibition which is taking place in London this summer. The first leg of the exhibition was a massive success , setting new attendance records in Kirkcaldy.
Jack Vettriano has published a new set of 6 canvas prints. The new set of canvas prints includes well-known images of the Singing Butler , Bluebird at Bonneville, In Thoughts of You and Dance me to the End of Love as well as the Picnic Party and the Pier. Vettriano fans are waiting for news about his new London exhibition which is scheduled for this summer . His recent exhibition in Kirkcaldy was a massive success. 46,000 people went to Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery to see Jack Vettriano’s new exhibition Days of Wine and Roses.