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 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

42.5 X 9 X 2 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Broom Lady' | Available at fosterwhite.com
8 X 4.5 in. - $500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Cow And The 1st Baptist Church' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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10.5 X 14.5 inches. 16.5 x 19.5 inches framed - $1,500.00
White Flower
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20 x 20 inches - $2,000.00
Taming the Square Mushroom
15 x 21.5 inches - $1,600.00
Burnt Toast
21 x 17 inches - $1,700.00
Pretzel Painter
17.5 x 26.5 inches - $2,800.00
Vacation At Brighton With Daffodil The Skunk
13 X 19 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Visit To The Museum' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16 X 18.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Turkish Mermaid' | Available at fosterwhite.com
20.5 X 27.25 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Tuner' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 23 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'Studio With Yellow Chair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 24.25 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Soft Chair Dancing + Wandering Shoe Tongue' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 15.25 in. 12 5/8 x 15.5 - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'X-Mas Horse' | Available at fosterwhite.com
20 X 20.75 in. - $3,000.00
James Martin Artwork 'Two Onions' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.75 X 17.25 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Lion In Bed With A Soda Cracker Box' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.25 X 17 in. - $2,000.00
James Martin Artwork 'Man With Peeled Orange' | Available at fosterwhite.com
24 X 27 in. - $4,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'English Market Place' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 21 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Doing The Continental' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.25 X 18.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Eureka' | Available at fosterwhite.com
29.5 X 10.5 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Butcher Paper Honesty' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Two Figures)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 17.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Camel)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 18.25 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Blue Harp' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 18 in. - $1,450.00
James Martin Artwork 'Camel Crossing' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.25 X 11.5 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Dandelion Face' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11 X 17 in. - $1,250.00
James Martin Artwork 'Mermaid In Wheelchair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 24 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Elephant in Top Hat)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.75 X 17.5 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'M.M.' | Available at fosterwhite.com
23.5 X 15.75 in. - $1,700.00
James Martin Artwork 'Crow' | Available at fosterwhite.com
9 X 11.5 in. - $1,050.00
James Martin Artwork 'Ride Of Tomorrow, Electric Power' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Atop' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 22 in. - $1,650.00
James Martin Artwork 'Home of the Sparrow Lady' | Available at fosterwhite.com
10.5 X 22 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Seascape' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.63 X 9.75 in. - $1,250.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Owl, Jug, Mermaid)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
22 X 21.5 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Under Table SŽance with Wooden Moon' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.25 X 32 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Postman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.75 X 14.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Aviator and Fish' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 26 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Bungalow Clock + Glass Sidewalk' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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15 X 18 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Mobster and Dingus' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17 X 17 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Room with Water Sprites' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.25 X 19.25 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Red Mower' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.13 X 13.13 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Duck Press + Saucer' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18.5 X 13.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Land + Sealion Sign' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 21.25 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Raskolnik Coat' | Available at fosterwhite.com
22.5 X 14.75 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Santana Sweatered' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 23.25 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'Scarecrow' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18.25 X 19.5 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Lower Drawer Pie' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 19 in. - $2,000.00
James Martin Artwork 'Ghost Town with Human Seal' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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