a Mini Cooper
painting made to celebrate the iconic movie the Italian Job and its infamous mini coopers, filmed in the city of Torino, Italy.
Often cited as one of the best British films ever made, The Italian Job is a classic comedy caper filmed primarily on location in Turin in 1968, and first released in cinemas in 1969. Petty thief Charlie Croker – played by a young and rather handsome Michael Caine – leads a team of hapless cockney crooks through the streets of the Piedmont capital in an entourage of Mini Coopers filled with gold that the gang have just stolen from the city.
The gang’s escape is hampered by a citywide traffic jam that they themselves deliberately created to distract the local police and Mafia chasing after them. As a result, the route the gang have to take to get out of the city is certainly alternative, with the Minis literally driving through some of Turin’s key architectural buildings and iconic landmarks.
About the artist
Martin Allen is a London based emerging artist. Martin came to oil painting through a circuitous route, having drawn for most of his life and being largely self-taught he was eventually re-introduced to oil painting as a preferred medium to create his varied and diverse work. The methods he uses to paint are classic ones, using layered paint applications rounded off by oil glazes. These create, add depth and harmonise colours. He has shown solo numerous times at Goodwood, The Affordable Art Fair and others, been a finalist at the ‘London art Biennale 2019’, alongside various commissions including work for the BP Shipping collection.
Martins’ work was also shown in the ‘Soho Scandalous’ exhibition at Blacks Club in London along with the The London Fashion Show with Runway-Gallery.