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

10 X 16 in. - $1,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Picasso in Green' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Lower Drawer Pie' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Old Testament Egg Beater' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Under Table SŽance with Wooden Moon' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Medieval Garden, Shoes, Violin Talks' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'El Paso Shoe Maker' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Moving Mirror' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Texas Style' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Training Wheels and Big Hands' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Perspective (2)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Chariot for Bouquet' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Talking Violin Beach Scenes' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'The House That Raul Built' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Graves in Front of Woodtown Manor' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Lion and Camel)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Comic Rider' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'After Picasso Plus 2' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Untitled, 1986' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Potato D'Art' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Sea Horse' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Vase with Flower, Red and Yellow Background)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Monkey Toy + Spare Parts' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Moonlit Picnic' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork '"Could Be Beyond Nonsense", He Said' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'The Ten Kopeck Glance' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Insp. Poirot' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Portrait of Mr. Clicker Man' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Anguished Portrait Riles Baby Fetterman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'You Always Amaze Me' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Theater with Moose Rehearsal' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Apple' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Home of the Sparrow Lady' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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