Australian Artist Dean Spinks is often recognised for his unique photorealistic pen drawings. Using the painstakingly slow crosshatching technique, Dean layers thousands of tiny lines to create deep, dramatic and detailed work.

Obsessed with the symmetry of the human face, the majority of Dean’s work is focused around larger-than life portraits as well as native animals and everyday objects that can take 50-100 hours to complete.

Dean says; “Creativity, and drawing in particular, to me, is an escape from the day to day noise. I started drawing as an escape from a corporate job – from the second I put pen to paper, nothing else seems to matter. It wasn’t till I started drawing with pens though, that my career really started to take shape.”

Exhibitions & Shows

Hatched – Australian Natives

Gallery 11:11 North Epping (2022)

The Other Art Fair Sydney

The Cutaway Barangaroo (2021)

Incognito Art Show

Verona Studio Paddington (2021)

Hazelhurst 20|20

Hazelhurst Arts Centre Gymea (2020)

The Other Art Fair Sydney

Australian Technology Park Eveleigh (2019)

The Lester Prize Salon des Refusés

The Lester Prize for Portraiture semi-finalist
Perth Cultural Centre (2019)


The Art Passage Miranda (2018)

Neumann Dust Temple Portrait Prize

The Dust Temple Currumbin (2018)

People by Dean Spinks

212 Blu Newtown (2017)

Night of the Iguana

Newsagency Gallery Petersham (2017)

Faces of The Fitz

The Old Fitzroy Hotel Woolloomooloo (2016)