Chas Martin - Paintings, Sculptures, Art Classes

Watercolors, acrylic paintings, sculptures and art classes

Chas Martin

Artist's Bio

Chas Martin’s career spans 40 years of visual communication. After studies at Pratt Institute in New York City, he spent 10 years as an art director/creative for Boston and San Francisco ad agencies. By night, beyond the reach of clients and compromises, he began painting to keep his sanity. Experiences directing still photography and video honed his sense of perception, perspective and emotion. His work is work is still concept driven.

In 1980 he pursued painting full time, averaging an oil a day for nine months. He moved on to dimensional work, exploring sculpture, collage and box art. Martin was accepted as a member and frequently showed his work through the Marin Society of Artists as well as several San Francisco area galleries.

Martin moved to Hood River, Oregon in 1981 and applied his talent to carving wood for several years. A Portland resident since 1998, he works daily from his Multnomah Village studio where he mentors others and leads workshops on a painting, sculpture and creative processes. He is a former instructor at Boston Art Institute, San Francisco Academy of Art College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Northwest Academy and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Juried Shows:
Sacrosanct Gallery “Submerged” – East Hampton, CT - 2018
Gallery 114 “Everything We Do Is Music” – Portland, OR – 2018
Sacrosanct Gallery “The Grotto”– East Hampton, CT – 2018
Verum Ultimum “Living Mark” – Portland, OR - 2018
The Cave “Alchemy 3D” – Vancouver, WA - 2018
Sacrosanct Gallery “Votive” Show – East Hampton, CT - 2018
Verum Ultimum Gallery “Abstract Sanctuary” – Portland, OR – 2018
Portland Open Studios, Portland, OR – 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Eggers Gallery “Forest Show” – Renton, WA – 2017
Verum Ultimum Gallery “Chasing Ghosts II” – Portland, OR – 2017
Newport Center for the Arts “Variety of Visions” – Newport, OR - 2017
Columbia Center for the Arts “Day of the Dead” - Hood River, OR - 2016
Portland’5 “Fire on the Water Dragon Boat Art Show” – Portland, OR – 2016
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts “Artist’s Vision” – Lake Oswego, OR – 2015
Coos Art Museum “Expressions West 2015” - Coos Bay, OR – 2015
Columbia Center for the Arts “Rain” – Hood River, OR - 2015
Gresham Art Committee “Annual Show” – 2015
Portland City Hall “Nature in the City” – Portland, OR - 2014
Maryhill Museum “Wine Label Art” – Goldendale, WA - 1987
Marylhurst Art Gym, Lake Oswego, OR - 1985
Columbia Art Gallery “Art of Fishing” Hood River, OR - 1984
Marin Society of Artists, Larkspur, CA - 1979-1981
Guilty Bystander Gallery, San Anselmo, CA – 1979-80
Solo Shows:
The Cave, “Mirrors” – Vancouver, WA - 2018
Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR - 2017
Cathedral Ridge Winery, “Vine Art” – Hood River, OR – 2016
Multnomah Art Center “Playful Spirits ~ Vibrant Visions” Portland, OR – 2018
Group Shows:
Gallery House (Pratt Institute) Alumni Show, Brooklyn, NY – 2016, 2017
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Open Show – Lake Oswego, OR - 2015
Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR - 1979-1986
Blue Sky Gallery, Ashland, OR - 1981
COMMISSIONS
Bang & Olufsen, Portland (mural) 2017
The Goldsmith Building, Portland (mural) 2017
Related Activities:
Juror, “International Sculpture Day” The Cave, Vancouver, WA – 2018
Curator, “The Hero’s Journey” show, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR – 2017
Recipient, Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council – 2016
Contributor, Professional Artist Magazine “Finding Your Creative Zone” – Dec 2015
Instructor, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR - 2009
Instructor, Northwest Academy, Portland, OR - 1998 – 2000
Instructor, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR - 1996-1997
Instructor, San Francisco Academy of Art College, San Francisco - 1979-1980
Instructor, Boston Art Institute, Boston MA - 1974-1976