Originally inspired by the Old Masters, particularly Flemish, Italian and French art Martin developed his artistic “seal” by following antique drawings and paintings. His painting technique remains traditional with a modern twist.
Martin studied art and design at London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design (nowadays known as the University of the Arts). In the early nineties he worked as an illustrator for well known London interior designers. After producing a series of water-colours for the Romanoff family Martin was commissioned by several estates to produce paintings depicting their stately homes.
Finally getting profusely bored with the artistic restrictions (and patrons who simply wanted artworks to look “lovely”) Martin focused on his other involvements such as furniture design, interiors and adventurism in general.
His artistic depictions invoke a great deal of emotion and drama; sometimes humour or simply an interesting combination of colours. Elusive and dark, the canvases illustrate stories we all want to be part of – at least in a dreamy hallucination. Martin refers to his works as "frozen slices of life".
Full of character and individuality, Martin’s artworks have few contemporary analogies. The inspiration derives from Martin’s complex life experiences, his diverse professional career, involvements, extensive travel and interaction with people of contrasting backgrounds and cultures.
Although Martin has been living in Dubai since 2005 his paintings are appreciated mostly by collectors in the U.S. Canada, Italy, France, U.K. and Russia.