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.

13 X 19.5 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Puyallup Scones' | Available at fosterwhite.com
20.5 X 27.5 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Eggbeater Affair' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Poor Soul Who Ate The Seed Potatos & Wife' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 29.5 in. - $2,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Kalihari Spearman' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.5 X 23 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Top Floor Of The Deli' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Over The Rainbow With The Yellow Bellied Sapsucker' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11.5 X 17.25 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Book Of Sunshine' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.75 X 27.5 in. - $2,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Heron' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.25 X 14.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Monkey Toy + Spare Parts' | Available at fosterwhite.com
10 X 8.5 in. - $1,000.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Tall hat with two figures)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 17 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Carpenter's Pencil' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Vase with Flower, Red and Yellow Background)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13 X 19.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Day Glo Road Sign' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.5 X 20 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Blu Horse (Rustler's Chair)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.75 X 12 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Lion and Camel)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16 X 22 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork 'Other Voices Other Rooms' | Available at fosterwhite.com
James Martin Artwork 'Untitled (Clock Tower, Self Portrait, Lion etc)' | Available at fosterwhite.com
16.5 X 12.5 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'B. Walters' | Available at fosterwhite.com
13.5 X 19 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Picasso Waving His Shoe' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.5 X 15 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'Sideshow and Paper Tiger' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15 X 19 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Cool Blu & Cheese' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19 X 13 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'George and His Guitar' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17 X 16.5 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Satyr's Bed Chamber' | Available at fosterwhite.com
21.3 X 14.3 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Fat Tony' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19 X 14.5 in. - $2,200.00
James Martin Artwork 'Naked Rider' | Available at fosterwhite.com
18 X 24 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork 'Player' | Available at fosterwhite.com
19.5 X 23.5 in. - $1,850.00
James Martin Artwork 'Das Boat' | Available at fosterwhite.com
15.75 X 19.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'Will-O-the-Wisp' | Available at fosterwhite.com
12.25 X 21 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Short Movie' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 16.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork 'Portrait of Mr. Clicker Man' | Available at fosterwhite.com
17.5 X 10.5 in. - $1,350.00
James Martin Artwork 'Apple' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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11 X 19.5 in. - $1,450.00
James Martin Artwork 'Apparition Versus Monkey Business' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11 X 17 in. - $1,250.00
James Martin Artwork 'Against the Tide' | Available at fosterwhite.com
21.25 X 12.25 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'After Picasso/The Rug' | Available at fosterwhite.com
11 X 17.75 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork 'After Picasso Plus 2' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 14.25 in. - $1,300.00
James Martin Artwork 'A Woman Turns' | Available at fosterwhite.com
22 X 15 in. - $1,800.00
James Martin Artwork '6 Day Bicycle Race' | Available at fosterwhite.com
7 X 10 in. - $1,000.00
James Martin Artwork '3 Pigs + A Poet' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.75 X 20.25 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork '(Red on Blue) Country Singer' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14 X 17.5 in. - $1,400.00
James Martin Artwork '"M" is for Mustard' | Available at fosterwhite.com
20.75 X 13.5 in. - $1,500.00
James Martin Artwork '"Could Be Beyond Nonsense", He Said' | Available at fosterwhite.com
14.75 X 18.75 in. - $1,600.00
James Martin Artwork '"B" Movie Set' | Available at fosterwhite.com
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