an internationally renowned artist, will forever be associated with
the “Visionary Art” movement. His paintings explored
the universe and portrayed it in its most spectacular, beautiful
forms. Bill's intricately-painted images have captured the
imagination of millions of people around the world.
Walter Hopps, the
Smithsonian Institution's Curator of the 20th Century
American Art Collection explained, “Bill Martin's
images posses an inexplicable compelling power.”
are exhibited worldwide from the USA to England, France, Japan,
Canada, Australia, India and the Czech Republic. His paintings are
in the public collections of AT&T, San Francisco International
Airport, Boise Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of Art in California,
Neue Galerie der Stadt in Germany, Corning Glass in Ohio, Capital
Research and Management in Los Angeles, and the Vesti Corporation
in Boston, among others.
In the introduction
to his book, Lost Legends, Bill described his art, process and
philosophy as follows: “There seem to be two distinct but
compatible directions in my art. The first is concerned with the
depiction of imagined realities. The other is the depiction of
perceived realities. By observing the existing subjects I am drawn
to paint, I find new underlying currents in my own subconscious.
Thus in my art I explore the conscious, subconscious, and the
Bill's work transcended the canvas. People frequently
reference breathtaking sunsets, otherworldly meteor showers and
thunderous electrical storms as “Bill Martin” scenes.
Bill's name is eternally synonymous with those pinnacle
inventor, Bill frequently worked with an intricate assembly of
pulleys, levers, ropes, weights and counterbalances to make his
workspace as efficient as possible. He was an avid punster,
beekeeper and played Go, the ancient Chinese chess game. Bill was
also a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Soft-spoken, with
his glowing smile, flowing red hair, rugged beard and standing at a
towering 6' 5", Bill was the consummate gentle giant.
Martin was born in South San Francisco on January 22, 1943. He
received his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and
is the author of the books Paintings 1969–1979, The Joy of
Drawing and the aforementioned Lost Legends. Bill taught at the
University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute
and the Academy of Art University. Bill worked as a professional
artist his entire life, first gaining notoriety in the
1960's. In 1980, he moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to
Mendocino, California, where he continued to paint 6 days a week, 9
hours per day, until his passing in 2008. The scenery of Mendocino
is evident in many of his landscapes. As for his depictions of the
universe and the great beyond, Bill resides there.
This short Biography is
courtesy of the Bill Martin website: