Despite arriving late to art, Jack Vettriano immediately took to painting after his girlfriend gave him a set of watercolours for his 21st birthday. After carefully studying the work at nearby Kirkcaldy gallery he began to submit his own compositions to galleries. Success quickly followed after two works of his were immediately sold at the 1988 Royal Scottish Academy show, promoting widespread interest and a host of shows around the globe. This further developed into a public recognition, with the artist’s film noir style becoming hugely popular, earning him the title ‘the people’s painter’. This popularity has shown no signs of abating as works like ‘The Singing Butler’ and ‘Billy Boys’ continue reaffirm their status among the nation’s best loved works of art.