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Sophia Smith speaks to portrait artist MARTIN KRUPINSKI about rediscovering his hidden talent.  

The odd sketch on an evening turned out to be more than Martin Krupinski imagined, with each brushstroke he rediscovered a talent for art that he had kept buried for many years. Martin began creating stunning portraits of famous icons, family and friends from his home in Colne. Be aware, these are not your typical pencil to paper sketches, instead, Martin creates draw-dropping portraits with bursts of colour and graffiti style backgrounds. 


Portrait of Annie Mac 

Beginning his venture with a portrait of Burnley Football Clubs manager, Sean Dyche, this was a perfect start for the football fanatic. Martin had a ball showing his support for the local team and Claret’s boss through his art. 

“Sean Dyche was given the portrait, he took a photo smiling with it and even signed it! It was the first main piece I got noticed for because I uploaded it online and Burnley Football Club saw it and contacted me.” Martin beamed. 

Martin with his portrait of Amy Winehouse 

Inspired to return to his talent, Martin tuned in weekly to the Sky Arts show, Portrait Artist of the Year, which encourages everyday people to find their artistic gifts. He picked up a pencil, and not long after, his very own work appeared on Martin’s artistic talents have been passed down to six-year-old Delia May. “Her portrait of Annie Mac was also shown on Portrait Artist of the Year. Who knows, she may be one of the top artists out there if she carries on.” Martin grinned. 

After his spectacular work became spotted on social media, Martin decided to create portraits of famous music stars. “My favourite is my David Bowie portrait because all the colours I used the reds, oranges and blue. I’m big into my music too so I really enjoyed creating these music legends. I’ve drawn Amy Winehouse, Prince, Kurt Cobain, Freddy Mercury, Whitney Houston, The Beatles, I called it my music icon series.” Martin has since received many followers and inquiries for personal commissions… 

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When Martin’s hand isn’t equipped with a pencil, he’s busy at work. “I’m a carpet fitter full time, I’ve been doing it for 20 years, I fell into the family business. I’ve always loved drawing since I was a young lad but I had some time on my hands to develop my own artistic style. 

“It would be nice to be able to split my time between working and creating my art, it’s definitely becoming much more than a hobby already. When you’re a teenager you’re always being told what career path you need to go down. At the time I thought I’ll just go into engineering because it was the way to go at the time for a job. If I had ‘stuck to my guns’ I would have been studying art instead. Art is something I wish I had pursued much earlier. I only have time to do it when the kids are finally asleep in bed.” the television. “My daughter Delia actually noticed my work on the screen before I did, it was my portrait of the author Bernardine Evaristo and Akram Khan. I’ve also had my portraits of Will Young, Noel Fielding, Professor Green and Nicola Coughlan on the show. It was amazing.” 

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