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

James Martin CV

 

James Martin 2015 Exhibition Catalog Journey Encounter with Day Glo

James Martin 2013 Exhibition Catalog Whole Cloth and Mirrors

9 X 19.5 in. - $1,250.00
James Martin Artwork 'Internal Combustion Engine' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.75 X 20 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Candy Suckers' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 21 in. - $1,700.00
James Martin Artwork 'Duck on the Wire' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 20 in. Unframed - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Artist in His Submarine with Big Shoe' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Red Neck Woman with her Favorite Statue' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12 X 10.8 in. - $1,150.00
James Martin Artwork 'Big Noses, Peggy Guggenheim and Dale C.' | Available at fosterwhite.com
9 X 8.3 in. - $1,000.00
James Martin Artwork 'Martha Stewart Eatin' Slice of Pie' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.75 X 20 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Van Rijn Painting (Road Tested)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 21 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Big Hands Man Showing Dance Step' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 20 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Moving Mirror' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 20 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Fly Over' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 20 in. - $1,650.00
James Martin Artwork 'Mona (Airborn)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 18.5 in. Matted 17.25 x 22.25 - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'What the Eagle Sees Above "A Monkey in White Shoes"' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 20 in. - $1,650.00
James Martin Artwork 'Mona with Pilot' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.25 X 23 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Training Wheels and Big Hands' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.75 X 22.5 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Jack Black' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.75 X 20 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'The Florist' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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14 X 19.5 in. - $1,450.00
James Martin Artwork 'Not a Hare Out of Place Four Poster' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 21.5 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Potato Dress D'Art' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 19.5 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Maria Barbola Picasso on a Potato' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.75 X 19 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Past, Present, Future, Almost' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.5 X 23.5 in. - $1,700.00
James Martin Artwork 'Enter the Owl' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.75 X 19 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Some Stones Unturned' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.75 X 15 in. Unframed - $1,300.00
Chifforobe, Elephant in the Room
13.25 X 19.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Potato D'Art' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.75 X 19.5 in. - $1,450.00
Art with Poem
19.5 X 23.5 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'Illusion Upright Potato' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 23.5 in. - $1,850.00
James Martin Artwork 'In Love with the Night + Blue Shoe' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 21 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Texas Style' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 8.5 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'Two Pez + Shoe' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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9 X 11 in. - $1,050.00
James Martin Artwork 'Thank You Always Wanted to Play Tuba' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.5 X 16 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Laughing Mermaid Pedal Car' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Mary Had A Little Lamb With Fleece As White As SnowÉ' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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14 X 13.25 in. - $1,250.00
James Martin Artwork 'Pedal Car, Laughing Mermaid' | Available at fosterwhite.com
10 X 16 in. - $1,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Picasso in Green' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 9 in. - $1,100.00
James Martin Artwork 'Science Plus Art' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 16.5 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'Fiddles on the Roof' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 19.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Portrait in Potato' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12 X 19 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Knuckle Baller Full Moon' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 8.5 in. - $1,100.00
James Martin Artwork 'Secret of Two Potatos' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.75 X 8 in. - $1,100.00
James Martin Artwork 'Graves in Front of Woodtown Manor' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12 X 9 in. - $1,100.00
James Martin Artwork 'Judge Judy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19 X 13 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Finding Einstein' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.25 X 19.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Shadow on the Wall' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16 X 22.75 in. - $1,700.00
James Martin Artwork 'Helen's Santana' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.5 X 20.5 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'He Doesn't Like Rabbits' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.5 X 19.5 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Medieval Garden, Shoes, Violin Talks' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.25 X 19.5 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Licensed Whirligig, School Bus in Bottle' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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