Don Martin Artist

if there is
anything
ugly in
this world
I would’ve seen it



The arts captured Don Martin's attention at the early age of 15, and held it solidly for the rest of his life. "Chasing that Kite" as he called it, led from his Akron, Ohio, roots to the Art Student's League in New York City, to New Orleans, and on to a long stay in Ajijic, Mexico, a most creative period. In the early 1960s he relocated to Venice, California, where he joined Beat artists Wallace Berman and George Herms, and lived with his wife Joan and her two daughters. His final move, in the 1970s to the wooded hills of Santa Cruz, became fertile ground for venturing into productive new artistic territories. 

On the occasion of Martin's exhibition at the Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, California, Casey FitzSimons writes in ArtWeek:
"Most of his works have the intimacy of drawing, the record of experience and the exploitation of accident... The overarching impression is one of watching a process and participating in the moment of insight, rather than being presented with a message or being asked to marvel at a technique."