A California native, and graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Martin French has been an independent illustrator and designer since 1996. He has been recognized internationally for his visual explorations of life and culture. Martin's images are displayed within a diverse media context including graphics for the Olympic Games, outdoor murals in Brazil, and portraits of GreenDay for the Grammy Awards.
Martin's work has received awards of excellence from the leading juried shows in the US including gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles.
In addition to his private practice, Martin is an associate professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), where in 2007 he began work on the formation of a new BFA program in Illustration. He currently serves as Department Chair, and teaches classes in professional practice, the history of illustration, and the intersection of design and illustration.
Martin lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
American Express, Apple, Atlantic Monthly, Barneys New York, Bostonia Magazine, Candlewick Press, Coca-Cola, Columbia Pictures, Consumer Reports, Diadora, Discovery Channel, DreamWorks, Fila, Foreign Policy Magazine, ESPN, The Gap, Grammy Awards, Honda Motorcycles, House of Blues, Island Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joffrey Ballet, JVC Jazz Festival, Major League Baseball, McDonalds, Microsoft, National Geographic, NBA, New York Times, NFL, Nickelodeon, Nike, Nintendo, New York Times, Penguin Putnam, Pepsi, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Sony Entertainment, Sports Illustrated, St. Martins Press, Time/Warner, Utne Magazine, Warner Brothers, and The Village Voice.
Awards and Accolades
Communication Arts Design Annual
Communication Arts Illustration Annual
Society of Illustrators
Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition (Gold Medal 1999)
Society of Illustrators Los Angeles
Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Annual Exhibition (Bronze Medal 1999)
Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Annual Exhibition (Gold Medal 2009)
Communication Arts Magazine / March/April 2003 / Feature Article
Idea-Design Magazine (China) February 2008 / Feature Article
Illustrator Illuminated, Adobe Press 2003 / Feature Article
Revista Ilustrar (Brazil) December 2007 / Feature Article
Step by Step Magazine / May/June 2000 / Feature Article
Escape from Illustration Island
Lines & Colors