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Chas Martin: Archetypal Characters

Chas Martin’s career spans 45 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. At night, he began painting to keep his sanity.

In 1980 he pursued painting full time. He moved to Oregon in 1981 and applied his talent to sculpture for several years.


“My work has always been concept driven. I’m currently exploring archetypal characters in symbolic situations. I explore them through sketches, clay, photos, watercolor, acrylic, collage, and sculpture. Interaction on so many levels transforms my visualization into realization.”

Chas 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. He is an avid backpacker, reader and foodie. Martin lives in Portland. His imagination, however, is not geographically anchored.

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