JAMES MARTIN

James Martin worked primarily with gouache on brown paper, and sometimes added ink, graphite, charcoal, or collage while framing his own work. 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 dwell at the corners of our collective psyche.

Martin held a BA from the University of Washington, Seattle. His paintings are shown across the Northwest, including Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; and Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. James Martin is also the subject of Sheila Farr’s 2001 monograph, James Martin: Art Rustler at the Rivoli. His work is in collections including Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA; and the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Foster/White Gallery has represented James Martin for nearly four decades. 

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


In Memoriam | James Martin, 1928 - 2020

James Martin CV

2015 Exhibition Catalog Journey Encounter with Day Glo

2013 Exhibition Catalog Whole Cloth and Mirrors

James Martin on History Link

13 x 15.5 in. - $1,800 USD
The Great Pickle Mystery
25 x 27.5 in. - $4,500 USD
Marmalade House on 2nd Street
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Red Nasturtiums + Great Speckled Teapot + Russian Rye
20 x 20 inches - $2,000 USD
Taming the Square Mushroom
20 x 16 in. - $1,600 USD
Room With Bath
13 x 13.75 inches - $2,500 USD
Retired Mexican Bandit
34.5 x 75.75 in. - $11,000 USD
Untitled (DSM)
19.25 x 19.25 in. - $2,800 USD
Barrel Bumpers
Combination of Formidable Potencies & Moulting Eggbeaters
21.3 X 14.3 in. - $1,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Fat Tony' | Available at fosterwhite.com
22 x 16.25 in. - $2,000 USD
Gertie
19.25 X 14.5 in. - $1,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Monkey Toy + Spare Parts' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11 X 17 in. - $1,250 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Against the Tide' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 14.25 in. - $1,300 USD
James Martin Artwork 'A Woman Turns' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11.5 X 18 in. - $1,300 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Almost A Potato' | Available at fosterwhite.com
7 X 10 in. - $1,000 USD
James Martin Artwork '3 Pigs + A Poet' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.75 X 20.25 in. - $1,600 USD
James Martin Artwork '(Red on Blue) Country Singer' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11 X 19.5 in. - $1,450 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Apparition Versus Monkey Business' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19 X 14.5 in. - $2,200 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Naked Rider' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 16.5 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Portrait of Mr. Clicker Man' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17 X 16.5 in. - $2,200 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Satyr's Bed Chamber' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 19 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Picasso Waving His Shoe' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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18 X 24 in. - $1,800 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Player' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19 X 13 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'George and His Guitar' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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17.5 X 23.25 in. - $3,000 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Clock Tower, Self Portrait, Lion etc)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.5 X 15 in. - $1,300 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Sideshow and Paper Tiger' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.25 X 21 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Short Movie' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13 X 19.5 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Day Glo Road Sign' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Over The Rainbow With The Yellow Bellied Sapsucker' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.5 X 23.25 in. - $2,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Red Wing Chair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 17 in. - $1,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Carpenter's Pencil' | Available at fosterwhite.com
20.5 X 27.5 in. - $2,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Eggbeater Affair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
10 X 8.5 in. - $1,000 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Tall hat with two figures)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
27.75 X 22 in. - $2,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Madam Moon Bounce' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.25 X 17.25 in. - $1,750 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Cowgirl And Laughing Horse' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.5 X 18 in. - $1,900 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Smelling Salts For Bullfrog Fisherman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.75 X 27.5 in. - $2,800 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Heron' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 23 in. - $1,800 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Top Floor Of The Deli' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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8.25 X 14 in. - $1,200 USD
James Martin Artwork 'V. Gogh On Windup Toy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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19.5 X 15.25 in. - $1,800 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Comic Rider' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Vase with Flower, Red and Yellow Background)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.25 X 13.5 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'The Ten Kopeck Glance' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 17.8 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Human Seal' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.3 X 10.3 in. - $1,200 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Insp. Poirot' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.5 X 18.5 in. - $1,750 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Anguished Portrait Riles Baby Fetterman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 20 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Broken Mirror and Lace Collar' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 21.5 in. - $1,700 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Godfather and Golden Lion' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.75 X 25.5 in. - $1,850 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Chinese Tea Caddy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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