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

17.5 X 20 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Rabbi' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 9.25 in. - $1,100.00
James Martin Artwork 'Toilette (Caveman)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 28 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'The Pilot' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Stephen Hawking Is It A Lionel Train or The String Theory?' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11.8 X 20 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'The House That Raul Built' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13 X 19.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Siegfried As Used Car Salesman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 19.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Chariot for Bouquet' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16 X 19.8 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Double Bill with Anchovy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 24 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Pizza Connection' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.8 X 25.3 in. - $1,850.00
James Martin Artwork 'Taking the Buddha' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 24 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled III (Fat Tony Series)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 25.3 in. - $1,850.00
James Martin Artwork 'Warrior' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 24 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Indictment' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 26 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'The Big Pooka II' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.5 X 14 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled II (Fat Tony Series)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 26 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'The Good Lookin' Dame' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 26.3 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'Black Tie' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 21.5 in. - $1,700.00
James Martin Artwork 'Godfather and Golden Lion' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.75 X 25.5 in. - $1,850.00
James Martin Artwork 'Chinese Tea Caddy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.3 X 18.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Mafias Child' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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13.3 X 21.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Charles III' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 20 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Broken Mirror and Lace Collar' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.5 X 18.5 in. - $1,750.00
James Martin Artwork 'Anguished Portrait Riles Baby Fetterman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 17.5 in. - $1,450.00
James Martin Artwork 'Quaker Oats Man' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 17 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Artist and Model' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18.25 X 12 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'You Always Amaze Me' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.3 X 10.3 in. - $1,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Insp. Poirot' | Available at fosterwhite.com
20 X 14.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Theater with Moose Rehearsal' | 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
14 X 17.8 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Human Seal' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11 X 16 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled, 1986' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 12 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Dancing For Fun With Fawn And Lion' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.25 X 13.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'The Ten Kopeck Glance' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 15.25 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Comic Rider' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 17.25 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Valentine' | Available at fosterwhite.com
8.25 X 14 in. - $1,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'V. Gogh On Windup Toy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13 X 9.5 in. - $1,150.00
James Martin Artwork 'Red Wagon' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19 X 22.75 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Horse Barn' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.5 X 20 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Pilot Bathing' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.5 X 18 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'Smelling Salts For Bullfrog Fisherman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 26 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Green Harp' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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15.25 X 17.25 in. - $1,750.00
James Martin Artwork 'Cowgirl And Laughing Horse' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19 X 11.75 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Self Portrait with Eggbeater)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
8 X 4.5 in. - $500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Cow And The 1st Baptist Church' | Available at fosterwhite.com
42.5 X 9 X 2 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Broom Lady' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.5 X 23.25 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Red Wing Chair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
6 X 4 in. - $500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (figure with hat)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13 X 19.5 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Puyallup Scones' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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