Fletcher Martin

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Fletcher Martin (April 19, 1904 – May 30, 1979), was an American painter.

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in 1904 in Palisade, Colorado. His artist's skills were largely self-taught. By the age of twelve he was working as a printer. He dropped out of high school and held odd jobs like lumberjack and professional boxer.


He served in the Navy in the early 20s until finally ending up in Los Angeles teaching at art schools such as Otis Art Institute. During his career he taught art at the University of Florida, State University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, San Antonio Art Institute, and Washington State University. He served as a war correspondent for Life magazine during World War II. He was the recipient of the Walter Lippencott Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1947 and the Benjamin Altman Prize from the National Academy of Design in 1949.[citation needed]


His works can be found in the collections of Abbott Laboratories, Brandeis University, the Cranbrook Institute, the Denver Art Museum, and the Library of Congress.[citation needed]

Martin won various commission to paint murals for the New Deal's Treasury Section of Fine Arts. The mural Mail Transportation is an oil an canvas that shows how mail is transported in spite of any conditions. The mural was damaged over the years but restored by Jose-Luis Gonzalez. In 1941 he painted a mural for the WPA in the Kellogg, Idaho post office titled Mine Rescue. Industrialists in Kellogg complained about the way they were depicted in the mural while officials of the Mine & Smelt Workers Union praised it. The industrialists prevailed and Martin substituted a design of a historic local mining prospector and retitled it Discovery.[1][2]

Martin died in 1979.


  1. ^ "Kellogg Post Office Discovery mural". livingnewdeal.org. Living New Deal. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  2. ^ McKenzie, Richard (1973). The New Deal for Artists. Princeton University Press. 

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