The 61 year old, whose most famous work is The Singing Butler, did not share any details about how he injured himself, but admitted he is facing an uphill battle to regain full health.

A statement released on Friday (29May15) reads, "As a result of a recent accident my right shoulder was dislocated and the reality is that I am going to be unable to paint in the foreseeable future.

"I am undertaking a course of physiotherapy but am facing a long recovery period. In the meantime I would like to thank the public for their continued support and interest."

Vettriano counts Hollywood star Jack Nicholson and former Manchester United soccer boss Sir Alex Ferguson among his fans.