JAMES MARTIN

James Martin’s artwork is as loquacious as the artist himself. Working primarily with gouache on brown paper, and sometimes additions such as ink, graphite, charcoal, or collage, Martin’s 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 how ingenious the artist is, often utilizing the most subtle visual word play, and veering headlong into topics that without his deft hand may feel weighty. Martin’s free-flowing style of painting sees him depict a never-ending stream of characters, never shying away from ideas or issues that may be at the corners of our collective psyche. 


Martin holds a BA from the University of Washington, Seattle, and has been showing his work at Foster/White Gallery for nearly two decades. He has also shown his work across the Northwest, including the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, and at the Bellevue Art Museum. His paintings have been 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.

In Memoriam | James Martin, 1928 - 2020

James Martin on History Link

24.25 X 18 in. - $2,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'Lion In Bouquet' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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13 X 19 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Visit To The Museum' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17 X 17.5 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Homage To Picasso' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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16.5 X 19.5 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Medieval Garden, Shoes, Violin Talks' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Yellow Building with Eggbeater and Self Portrait)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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10 X 14.5 in. - $1,150.00
James Martin Artwork 'Opposed To Coal Power' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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13.75 X 19.5 in. - $1,450.00
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20.5 X 21 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Old Testament Egg Beater' | Available at fosterwhite.com
21 X 13.25 in. - $1,650.00
James Martin Artwork 'Portrait with Green Shirt' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 23.5 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'Illusion Upright Potato' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11.5 X 18 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'Almost A Potato' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12 X 19 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Knuckle Baller Full Moon' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 20 in. - $1,650.00
James Martin Artwork 'Mona (Airborn)' | 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
15.75 X 20 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'The Florist' | 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
15.75 X 9 in. - $1,150.00
James Martin Artwork 'Cloud One' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Mary Had A Little Lamb With Fleece As White As SnowÉ' | 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
14 X 19.5 in. - $1,450.00
James Martin Artwork 'Not a Hare Out of Place Four Poster' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.5 X 12 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Flowers)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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19.25 X 17 in. - $2,000.00
James Martin Artwork 'Man With Peeled Orange' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 23.5 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Foot People Have A Swiss Cheese Party' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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24 X 27 in. - $4,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'English Market Place' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 18.25 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Blue Harp' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 21 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Doing The Continental' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 12 in. - $1,700.00
James Martin Artwork 'Excerpt From Lavender Eye' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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15.25 X 18.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Eureka' | Available at fosterwhite.com
9 X 22.75 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'Burnt Toast' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 15.5 in. - $1,450.00
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
15 X 18 in. - $1,450.00
James Martin Artwork 'Camel Crossing' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 26 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Bungalow Clock + Glass Sidewalk' | 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
9 X 11.5 in. - $1,050.00
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
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