JAMES MARTIN

James Martin worked primarily with gouache on brown paper, and sometimes added ink, graphite, charcoal, or collage. His figurative scenes are at first glance humorous, with a myriad of characters from parrots, fish, and monkeys to Shakespeare, Picasso, mermaids, and pilots. A closer read reveals Martin's ingenuity; he often utilized subtle visual word play, veering headlong into topics that without his deft hand might feel weighty. Martin used his free-flowing style of painting to depict a never-ending stream of characters. He certainly wasn't one to shy away from ideas or issues that at the corners of our collective psyche. 


Martin held a BA from the University of Washington, Seattle, and showed his work at Foster/White Gallery for nearly two decades. His work was shown across the Northwest, including the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, and Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. His paintings were shown alongside other Northwest Artists such as Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Mark Tobey, of whom Martin was a contemporary. James Martin is also the subject of Sheila Farr’s 2001 monograph, “James Martin: Art Rustler at the Rivoli.” His work is in collections such as that of Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA; and the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

James Martin passed away on December 15, 2020. He was 92.

In Memoriam | James Martin, 1928 - 2020

James Martin on History Link

James Martin CV

James Martin 2015 Exhibition Catalog Journey Encounter with Day Glo

James Martin 2013 Exhibition Catalog Whole Cloth and Mirrors

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James Martin Artwork 'Valentine' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16 X 22.75 in. - $1,700.00
James Martin Artwork 'Helen's Santana' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Mona with Pilot' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Santana Sweatered' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Raskolnik Coat' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Mona (Airborn)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Van Rijn Painting (Road Tested)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Martha Stewart Eatin' Slice of Pie' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Picasso Waving His Shoe' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Almost A Potato' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Portrait with Green Shirt' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Tall hat with two figures)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (figure with hat)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Man With Peeled Orange' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Owl, Jug, Mermaid)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Lion from the Three Week Pudding Zoo' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Bungalow Clock + Glass Sidewalk' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Madam Moon Bounce' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'After Picasso/The Rug' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Fly Over' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Van Gogh' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Red Neck Woman with her Favorite Statue' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 17 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Carpenter's Pencil' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Big Noses, Peggy Guggenheim and Dale C.' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Smelling Salts For Bullfrog Fisherman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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