Frank Martin (1921-2005) was a student at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Artillery, remaining in the Army until 1946. He then returned to Oxford where he obtained the degree of Master of Arts in History, then enrolled at St. Martin's School of Art. He studied wood engraving with Gertrude Hermes, becoming her Studio Assistant for colour printing. He then studied etching privately with John Buckland Wright.

As a free-lance illustrator and wood engraver he worked for several magazines and book publishers, producing many covers, jackets and illustrations. He then began to produce large original compositions in large lino-cuts, etchings and drypoints, some of which he published himself, others commissioned by various galleries in England and the United States. Many of his subjects were taken from the Cinema, both silent and talking pictures, and he developed a number of collectors of his work in Holywood.

In 1953 he joined the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, retiring in 1980 as Head of Department in Graphic Arts to devote himself to his own work. He had one-man exhibitions in several London galleries as well as in Manchester, Oldham, Dublin, Berlin, Hamilton New Zealand and Cambridge Mass. (USA), and featured in several television programmes: his works are in many Museums. He was a Member of the Society of Wood Engravers, Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Member of the Graphic Design Board of the Council for National Academic Awards, and Honorary Academician of the Accademia delle Arte del Disegno in Florence, Italy. He wrote and illustrated many books.

Hollywood - Continental The Original Watercolour and Graphic Works by Frank Martin
Monument, 20th Century Fox
Reference no.: 1214
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Monument, 20th Century Fox
Watercolour & Gouache on board
43 x 64
Hollywood - Continental: Frank Martin
Reference no.: 1215
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Hollywood - Continental: Frank Martin
Catalogue Raisonne by Victor Arwas. Essays by Victor Arwas and John Kobal. The John Kobal Collection is now in the Getty Archives.
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