Jack Vettriano - Fallen Angels

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Dreaming the dark soul - Vettriano's Fallen Angels.

Feb 16, 2004
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Pros:Some very frank and intriguing stories in here. Not to mention the art.

Cons:This book will disturb you. And it's certainly not for children.

The Bottom Line: This book will probably disturb you, but you can't help but look anyway.


Every now and then I come across a book or painting that stirs up some pretty serious envy. I look at these words or art and that old, green-eyed monster stirs up, and laughs. When I see the paintings of Jack Vettriano, a Scottish mineworker-turned-artist, I think, Damn, if I could just catch that moment --!

Vettriano's work illustrate a dark, shadowy area of the human psyche, where danger, passion and the night all meet up together. His women are direct, crimson lipped, with the slinky, slutry glow of those noir flicks from the 40's. The men wear suits and ties, fedora that shade indistinct features, and have a certain grim menace to them. Or maybe not. It all depends on how you look at them.

This collection of short stories and poetry match up over forty-four paintings of Vettriano's paintings with some of the more startling and disturbing things that I've read in the last few months. These are not tales for the timid, or those looking for the hearts-and-flowers sort of romance.

Love in this one is of the bought and sold variety, and the coin is in money, a favor, a deal or rarely, that of the heart itself. These stories aren't at all politically correct, and several of these stirred up some strong emotions in me. The one that got to me the most was the verses of Someone to Watch Over Me, telling the story of a man who is tempted to domestic violence, but does not. There are anonymous bits of poetry, from traditional Scottish ballads and songs, to the tale of the Singing Butler by Joy Hendry, the story that goes along with Vettriano's most well-known work.

The paintings haunt the imagination as well, and you may find yourself flipping back to one or two in particular in this slender book -- it's not much more than a 125 or so pages. The quality is excellent, with the colour reproductions being particularly clear and the text set up so that it is easy on the eyes.

So find a comfortable chair, and settle back with this one, and let your imagination wander.


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