Monty laughs off Vet­tri­ano’s man-boobs jibe

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Mar­tyn Brown

THE im­pos­ing fig­ure of golfer Colin Mont­gomerie proved too much of a hand­i­cap for a cel­e­brated painter.

Artist Jack Vet­tri­ano claims he turned down a com­mis­sion to paint Monty – be­cause he does not “do men with breasts”.

Vet­tri­ano told a meet­ing of art lovers that he had re­jected the re­quest for a por­trait by the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land, even though he of­ten com­plains that he is not ap­pre­ci­ated by the Es­tab­lish­ment.

But yes­ter­day Monty’s man­ager Guy Kin­nings re­torted that the Ry­der Cup golfer wasn’t let­ting his fel­low Scot’s “man-boobs” com­ment put him off his stroke – and in any case he had never heard of Vet­tri­ano.

“Colin just laughed about it,” said Mr Kin­nings. “He doesn’t know who the guy is but he was sur­prised by what he said.

“He does tend to laugh about th­ese kind of things. He is more in­ter­ested in fo­cus­ing on his golf.”

Vet­tri­ano, 56, en­joys huge pop­u­lar­ity and his paint­ings sell for hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds, al­though the Na­tional Gal­leries have never ac­quired one.

He told An Au­di­ence With Jack Vet­tri­ano at Kirk­caldy in his home county of Fife: “I was in France when I got a call from my art dealer who said there might be a break­through. He said, ‘The Na­tional Gal­leries would like you to do a por­trait’.”

When he was told the sub­ject would be Monty, he replied: “I’m afraid that the an­swer is no. I don’t do men with breasts. And I don’t mean that as un­kind to Colin Mont­gomerie.”

He added: “I have to paint a face I like. Have you seen Colin Mont­gomerie’s face re­cently?”

Vet­tri­ano, who taught him­self to paint, feels shunned by the art world. But his best-known work, The Singing But­ler, was sold for al­most £750,000.

Amer­i­can fans have nick­named 45year-old Monty – famed for his of­ten glum ex­pres­sion – Mrs Doubt­fire af­ter the Robin Wil­liams film char­ac­ter.

The breasts jibe re­port­edly dates back to the 2002 US Open when a tor­men­tor shouted: “That’s a nice pair you’ve got there.”

Pic­ture: AN­DREW REDINGTON

TOP STAR: Colin Mont­gomerie shows just a hint of what put Jack Vet­tri­ano off

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