Dean Martin always loved to draw as a kid. Over the years he dabbled in various mediums, oils, watercolour, airbrushing and the good old rattle cans and currently experimenting working with acrylics.Dean received no formal artistic training as such, preferring to be self-taught through his own trial an error, consequently he's always lacked the real confidence to show or promote his work in any professional capacity.
Over the years, painting became more of a hobby and a way of relaxing after a hard day’s graft. Around 3 years ago, Dean Martin pursued life-portraits, first, in a pop art style, then over time, added more and more details and features as he became accustomed to the paints & the medium. In 2018, Dean produced a series of London gangster paintings which were enjoyed by the friends and family of the subjects in the collection. Charlie Richardson’s wife, the lovely Ronnie Richardson saw his portraits & they got chatting before becoming good friends. Mrs Richardson then offered to host Dean's first exhibition in London putting on display all the gangster paintings he had created, with all the remaining old school faces in attendance, it was a very surreal experience.
Dean's had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know some of the most notorious men in Britain through his art. That particular exhibition was the start of a crazy year for Dean Martin where he received a number of private commissions & offers for creating artworks for book covers etc, he will always be grateful to Mrs Richardson for starting the ball rolling for him.