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.