Chris Martin


I create because I have to. It is as essential to my being as the food I eat and the air I breathe. My process begins with visions of shape and line. As an object begins to take form, I draw loose sketches of my vision. The forms then begin to take on more distinctive characteristics, and I go over the original drawing with heavier, more defined lines. Once this design has taken form on paper, I chart out the journey I will go with the raw material. It is important to me to leave openings in my plan for spontaneity and I navigate through the process trusting my instincts as I go. While I keep an eye on the map, I retain the right to be impulsive, to change, and to improve my route along the path of reaching my final destination.

My inspirations come from many places. My current work is inspired by my time spent in Ghana. In 2008 my wife and I moved to Ghana, West Africa where we served as Peace Corps volunteers for two years. To say that we were deeply influenced by our experiences would be an understatement.

Upon my return, I continue to develop a body of work that portrays the affects of living in Ghana has had on me. This work is the embodiment of my personal reflections, and the processing of thoughts, and emotions that I go through as I continue to readjust to life back in America. I draw inspiration from the local tribal aesthetics to help express various issues. The work reflects various craft forms and pays homage to the traditional artisans. Through this work, I am projecting the concerns, frustrations, joys, and beauty I encountered on a daily basis, as well as the new perspective I have gained of my own culture.

My inspirations almost always take form as a piece of furniture. I attest this to my practical Mid-western roots, where I was taught that material things should serve a function. I also work with furniture forms because of the scale. It is intimate, yet approachable. My work is art that you do not simply observe, but interact with every day.


Chris Martin - The New Drummer (Chieftain Stool Series); painted #fabricated #steel
"The New Drummer" (Tribal Stool Series) 2014
Reclaimed steel, cement, paint, led lights
19” x 30” x 14”

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Chris Martin - "Candied Culture" (Chieftain Stool Series); Painted Fiberglass
Candied Culture (Tribal Stool Series) 2014
Fiberglass, automotive paint
19” x 24” x 12 ½ “

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Chris Martin - Modernity (Chieftain Stool Series) - Aluminum, Rubber
Modernity (Tribal Stool Series) 2014
Carbon fiber, aluminum, stainless steel hardware
18” x 26” x 13”
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Chris Martin  Felt Stool (Chieftain Stool Series)
Industrial Felt Stool (Tribal Stool Series) 2013
16” x 25” x 12”
Industrial Felt
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Chris Martin - Martini Chair

Martini Chair 2014
Bur oak, steel, leather, Afzelia burl
26” x 45” x 27”
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