Theme/Style Regionalism, Western subjects, figurative art
Media Oils, murals, watercolors, illustrations
Artistic Focus A Colorado native, Fletcher Martin bridged the Old West and 20th Century America with paintings, watercolors, murals and illustrations that depicted real people in real life situations. Self-taught, his work evolved into a simplified, unsentimental and yet respectful style that reflected every phase of his life. Martin’s work is known for its sense of balance, equilibrium and simplification of detail. His later canvases demonstrated an attraction to a broader color palette, reflecting his satisfaction with a new marriage, his children, and an ever-growing public acceptance.
• In Los Angeles in the 1930s, a meeting with Mexican
painter David Alvaro Siquieros sparked an artistic transition from a romantic
painter to one who focused on ideas as the substance of every canvas.
Although Martin disagreed with Siquieros’ insistence that an artist’s
canvas offer social commentary, he nonetheless began to create works with
“a tolerant understanding and obvious affection” for their
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