Fletcher Martin Biography

Fletcher Martin




Fletcher Martin (1904-1979), painter, printmaker, muralist, illustrator and teacher, was born in Palisades, Colorado in 1904.  He was a pupil of the Stickney Memorial School of Art in Los Angeles and soon gained a reputation for his paintings of the San Francisco waterfront, rodeos and boxing matches.  The subjects for his work were culled from his earlier careers as a boxer, lumberjack and printer.  After serving in the Navy, Martin settled in Los Angeles around 1926.  Very early in his art career he assisted Siqueros on a mural in Santa Monica and, in 1936, he received several mural commissions from the WPA. 

Martin taught at the Art Center School in Los Angeles beginning in 1938; he continued teaching for three decades at various schools, including Mills College, Otis Art Institute, Claremont College, Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Florida.

He was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1969. Martin's work is represented in the collections of the Library of Congress, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum and the Houston Art Museum.