Archive for 2011/11/19

Jack Vettriano 1951 | Scotland


Jack Hoggan, noto come Jack Vettriano -1951, è un pittore scozzese di origini italiane, onorato da Elisabetta II d’Inghilterra con l’Ordine dell’Impero Britannico. Cresce nella città industriale di Methil, Scozia. Lasciati gli studi a 16 anni, diviene apprendista minerario e comincia a dipingere negli anni settanta con un set di acquerelli ricevuti in regalo per il suo ventunesimo compleanno. I suoi primi quadri sono firmati Jack Hoggan e sono più che altro riproduzioni di impressionisti. Dopo quattordici anni riesce ad esibire le sue opere professionalmente. Nel 1988 si sente infatti pronto ad esibire i suoi quadri in pubblico e presenta due opere alla mostra annuale della Royal Scottish Academy. Entrambe vengono vendute il primo giorno della mostra e Vettriano riceve immediatamente numerose offerte da varie gallerie artistiche. Il successo contribuisce al declino del suo primo rapporto coniugale e il pittore decide quindi di trasferirsi a Edimburgo, cambiando anche nome in Vettriano, derivazione dal cognome da nubile della madre, Vettrino.


Georgios Iakovidis 1853-1932 | Greece


Georgios Iakovidis founded and was the first curator of the National Gallery of Greece in Athens. He is one of the most famous painters of Greece. He started his studies as a sculptor in the Polytechnical School of Athens. His professor was N. Lytras from Tinos. In the meanwhile, his talent for painting was clearly revealed. After his graduation, he got a scholarship and went to Munich where he continued his artistic studies under the supervision of excellent professors. He worked there for twenty years. He was one of the thirty “immortal” members of Athen’s Academy when firstly created in 1926. After coming back in Greece he gained great reputation as a portrait painter of the Royal family of Greece. But the center of his paintings was always the CHILD. He was awarded with many supreme prizes for his work all over the world. His most known statue is the statue of Liberty, dedicated to the local heroes of Balcanic War 1911-1912, welcoming everybody at the port of Mytilini, Capital of Lesvos. It is inspired by the Eiffel’s statue of Liberty at the port of New York. His paintings (over 200) are exposed in many museums of Europe and United States.