One of the things that I really enjoy buying at the end of each year is a calendar. I usually buy 2–a wall calendar and a journal type one. I normally get them at Fully Booked or Powerbooks because these two places don’t just sell the generic kind but rather they also have the prettier & fancier ones which are imported abroad.
According to the short biography written at the beginning of the journal:
“Born in Fife in 1951, Jack Vettriano has emerged from the unlikely background of an early working life in the Scottish coal-fields to become one of Britain’s best known contemporary artists; he is entirely self taught. His work first came to public prominence at the Royal Scottish Academy open exhibition in 1988. Since then there have been sell out exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and New York.Vettriano’s images are a gateway to an alluring yet sinister world; a timeless place where past and present intertwine. It is a world heavy on atmosphere evoking the great noir movies and novels of our time; the drama of men and women is played out in each canvas against a backdrop of bars and clubs, seaside and racetracks, ballrooms and bedrooms. Vettriano sets the scene and invites the viewer to develop the narrative.Jack Vettriano has studios in Scotland and in London.”