Contemporary art is a term used to describe the body of artwork created after 1945, succeeding modern art in art history. This period encompasses a great diversity of styles, movements, and techniques, and contemporary artists have benefited from technological advancements such as photography, painting, screen printing, and digital technologies to create their works. One of the fundamental characteristics of contemporary art is that it is not limited to a specific medium. Artists use a variety of mediums, ranging from traditional painting and sculpture to installations, performances, videos, interactive art, sound art, digital art, and more. This freedom of choice in medium reflects the evolution of society and technology, as well as the questioning of artistic conventions. Contemporary art also stands out for its ability to question its era and disrupt traditional art codes. Contemporary artists often seek to challenge established norms, explore new ideas, provoke reflections, and evoke emotions. They frequently address social, political, cultural, and environmental issues, thus reflecting the concerns of their time. Various artistic movements and currents can be observed within contemporary art. These include figurative art that focuses on realistic representation of the world, hyperrealism that seeks to create works with a photographic appearance and an extremely precise level of detail, street art that manifests in public spaces and explores urban issues, feminist art that emphasizes gender issues and inequalities, and conceptual art that emphasizes the idea or concept behind the artwork rather than its aesthetic aspect.
Jack Vettriano is a Scottish painter born in 1951, known for his paintings that describe the United States of the 1950s and 1960s and that recall scenes from film noir. He grew up in a modest environment and taught himself to draw by looking at art books and copying famous paintings. He worked as an engineer before dedicating himself fully to painting at the age of 29. His first solo exhibition took place in 1988 and was an immediate success. Since then, his paintings have been exhibited in many galleries and museums around the world, and his works have become very popular. Vettriano is known for his realistic and sensual style, which often focuses on subjects such as women, dance, and love relationships. Among his most famous works are "The Singing Butler" (1992), which was sold for a record price of £744,000 at an auction in 2004, as well as "The Missing Man" (1995) and "Dance Me to the End of Love" (1998). Vettriano has also written and illustrated several books, including a book of paintings and a novel. He continues to paint and exhibit his work to this day and is considered one of the most popular and famous Scottish painters of his generation.