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

15.25 X 19.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Shadow on the Wall' | 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
14 X 16 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Who Plays the Fiddle' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 15 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'The Advance Group' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 20.5 in. - $1,650.00
James Martin Artwork 'Tail Flicks and Souser Wousers' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 21.75 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Chair & Two Egg Plants' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 17.75 in. - $1,450.00
James Martin Artwork 'Storeroom with Mummy and Dress Dummy' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.5 X 17.75 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'King's Juggler' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 23.5 in. - $1,850.00
James Martin Artwork 'Tearoom' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12 X 19.25 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Tomato Crate & Camel' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18.75 X 29.5 in. - $2,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Bachelor's Party' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 19 in. - $2,000.00
James Martin Artwork 'Ghost Town with Human Seal' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 23.25 in. - $1,900.00
James Martin Artwork 'Scarecrow' | Available at fosterwhite.com
22.5 X 14.75 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Santana Sweatered' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.25 X 21 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Doing The Continental' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.13 X 13.13 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Duck Press + Saucer' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.25 X 19.25 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Red Mower' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17 X 17 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Room with Water Sprites' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.75 X 14.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Aviator and Fish' | Available at fosterwhite.com
9 X 11.5 in. - $1,050.00
James Martin Artwork 'Atop' | Available at fosterwhite.com
9 X 11.5 in. - $1,050.00
James Martin Artwork 'Ride Of Tomorrow, Electric Power' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.75 X 17.5 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'M.M.' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 24 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Elephant in Top Hat)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11 X 17 in. - $1,250.00
James Martin Artwork 'Mermaid In Wheelchair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 18 in. - $1,450.00
James Martin Artwork 'Camel Crossing' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 17.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Camel)' | 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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29.5 X 10.5 in. - $1,550.00
James Martin Artwork 'Butcher Paper Honesty' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.25 X 18.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Eureka' | Available at fosterwhite.com
24 X 27 in. - $4,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'English Market Place' | Available at fosterwhite.com
20.5 X 27.25 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Tuner' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16 X 18.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Turkish Mermaid' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 x 21.5 inches - $1,600.00
Burnt Toast
21 x 17 inches - $1,700.00
Pretzel Painter
20 x 20 inches - $2,000.00
Taming the Square Mushroom
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