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

24 X 27 in. - $4,200 USD
James Martin Artwork 'English Market Place' | Available at fosterwhite.com
20 X 20.75 in. - $3,000 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Two Onions' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.75 X 17.25 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Lion In Bed With A Soda Cracker Box' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 15.25 in. 12 5/8 x 15.5
James Martin Artwork 'X-Mas Horse' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 23 in. - $1,900 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Studio With Yellow Chair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 24.25 in. - $2,200 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Soft Chair Dancing + Wandering Shoe Tongue' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13 X 19 in. - $1,400 USD
James Martin Artwork 'Visit To The Museum' | Available at fosterwhite.com
21 x 17 inches - $1,700 USD
Pretzel Painter
24.25 X 18 in. - $2,300 USD
Lion In Bouquet
15 x 21.5 inches - $1,600 USD
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