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 Kirk Paige Martin  (1906 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: California/Colorado      Known for: landscape, western, horses, engraving

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is the artist's obituary from the Yucca Valley newspaper called "Hi Desert Star",.courtesy of Eric Reeves, great nephew of the artist:

Well-known western artist born in Grand Junction, Colo., and died at his
Yucca Valley, CA residence on Nov. 16 1987. Brother of well known portrait
artist Fletcher Martin, he is survived by his wife Laurel of Yucca Valley; a
stepson Don Youngs of Palo Alto; and one sister Jean Williams of Alhambra.

Mr. Martin received early training as a printer from his father and started
his career as a wood engraver under the influence of the late Paul Landacre
after five years at Occidental College and the University of Southern

His work can be seen at the Library of Congress, Hi-Desert Nature Museum, and
William Andrews Clark, Jr. Memorial Library.

Mr. Martin was most known for his painting "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and was
a western painter who worked in oils and numbered a variety of creative art
forms among his accomplishments.

Mr. Martin took seventh place for his painting "Cool Waters" in the 1960
Death Valley Annual Encampment artists competition. Other works by Kirk
Martin include "Little Buckaroo," Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Silent Trails,"
"Whispering Sands," and "Empty Saddles."

Mr. Martin has published several books as well that include his art work.

Note 1/2003: I have spoken with some family members that have informed me that Kirk Martin's wife Laurel as well as his sister have both passed on. To the best
of my knowledge Kirk Martin is survived only by his stepson Don Youngs of
Palo Alto.

The following, written by Gordon McClelland, is from "Artists in California, 1786-1940" by Edan Hughes:

A painter in oil but primarily a wood engraver, Kirk Martin was the son of an itinerant editor for weekly newspapers, and Martin traveled about the Southwest as a child. In 1925, he moved to Los Angeles and for several years worked with his brother, Fletcher, at the Earl Hayes Press. While earning his way through college at the University of Southern California and Occidental College, he did printing for Clyde Browne at Abbey San Encino. About 1930, he began doing wood engravings of western subjects and completed about 50 prints. From 1946, he lived in the secluded desert area near Yucca Valley. He was a member of the Desert Art Center Association and Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Kirk Paige Martin was born in Grand Junction, CO on March 1, 1906.  As the son of an itinerant editor for weekly newspapers, Martin grew up traveling about the Southwest.  In 1925 he moved to Los Angeles and for several years worked with his brother Fletcher at Earl Hayes Press.  While studying at Occidental College and USC, he did printing for Clyde Browne at Abbey San Encino.  About 1930 he began doing wood engravings of western subjects and completed about 50 prints, each an edition of 100, signed and numbered.  After 1946 he lived in the desert near Yucca Valley, CA.  He died there on Oct. 19, 1991.  Exh:  Painters & Sculptors of LA; Desert Art Center; Calif. Society of PM; 29 Palms Artists Guild, 1964.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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