Monty laughs off Vettriano’s man-boobs jibe
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.”
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