JAMES MARTIN

SAVE THE DATE: James Martin's show, Taming the Square Mushroom, opens Thursday, February 1 from 6 - 8 pm. The exhibition runs until Saturday, February 24, 2024. 

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

14 X 8.5 in. - $1,100 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Secret of Two Potatos' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 13.25 in. - $1,250 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Pedal Car, Laughing Mermaid' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 9 in. - $1,100 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Science Plus Art' | Available at fosterwhite.com
10 X 16 in. - $1,200 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Picasso in Green' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 19.5 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Portrait in Potato' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12 X 19 in. - $1,350 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Knuckle Baller Full Moon' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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13.75 X 8 in. - $1,100 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Graves in Front of Woodtown Manor' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12 X 9 in. - $1,100 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Judge Judy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19 X 13 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Finding Einstein' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.5 X 20.5 in. - $1,550 USD
James Martin Artwork 'He Doesn't Like Rabbits' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.25 X 19.5 in. - $1,600 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Licensed Whirligig, School Bus in Bottle' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.5 X 19.5 in. - $1,550 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Medieval Garden, Shoes, Violin Talks' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 19.5 in. - $1,450 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Extra Parts & One Shoe' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.75 X 19.5 in. - $1,600 USD
James Martin Artwork 'King with Signs of Change' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 19.5 in. - $1,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Talking Violin Beach Scenes' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Portrait with Green Shirt' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 8 in. - $1,100 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Van Gogh' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12 X 7.75 in. - $1,050 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Sea Horse' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 18 in. - $1,450 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Homme de le Mer (Human Seal)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Tail Flicks and Souser Wousers' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 19 in. - $1,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Shakespeare For Dogs' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16 X 23 in. - $1,900 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Gypsy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 24 in. - $2,000 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Mowing Season' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Chair & Two Egg Plants' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Lion from the Three Week Pudding Zoo' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Lower Drawer Pie' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 19 in. - $2,000 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Ghost Town with Human Seal' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 23.25 in. - $1,900 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Scarecrow' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Santana Sweatered' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 21.25 in. - $2,200 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Raskolnik Coat' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.13 X 13.13 in. - $1,350 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Duck Press + Saucer' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.75 X 14.5 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Aviator and Fish' | Available at fosterwhite.com
22 X 21.5 in. - $2,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Under Table SŽance with Wooden Moon' | Available at fosterwhite.com
23.5 X 15.75 in. - $1,700 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Crow' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.63 X 9.75 in. - $1,250 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Owl, Jug, Mermaid)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.75 X 17.5 in. - $1,600 USD
James Martin Artwork 'M.M.' | Available at fosterwhite.com
10.5 X 22 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Seascape' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 22 in. - $1,650 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Home of the Sparrow Lady' | Available at fosterwhite.com
9 X 11.5 in. - $1,050 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Atop' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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James Martin Artwork 'Ride Of Tomorrow, Electric Power' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 24 in. - $1,800 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Elephant in Top Hat)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11 X 17 in. - $1,250 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Mermaid In Wheelchair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 18 in. - $1,450 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Camel Crossing' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.25 X 11.5 in. - $1,350 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Dandelion Face' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 18.25 in. - $1,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Blue Harp' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 17.5 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Camel)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 15.5 in. - $1,450 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Two Figures)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.25 X 18.5 in. - $1,500 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Eureka' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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