From Steven Brocklehurst's article on Jack Vettriano's art:
Jack Vettriano is one of the most popular and successful artists in the world and yet his work has been dismissed by critics as "badly conceived soft porn". [...]I didn't want to include any pictures as they're copyright, but you can see quite a lot of images of his work at the website of "Heartbreak Publishing, Jack Vettriano's Official Publishing Company."
He says: "I am not somebody that buys into the notion that popularity means it is rubbish.
"If something is popular you had better believe it has something going for it."
So why does Vettriano think his paintings are not as well received by the critics, who have dismissed some of his erotically-charged material as "pornography"? [...]
He says: "What I've suffered from and what I continue to suffer from is that critics don't take sex seriously.
"They think it's not real art. I will disagree to the day I die that it is serious."