|NAME:||David Bunn Martine|
Currently Director/Curator, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Shinnecock Reservation, Southampton, NY.
Born in 1960 in Southampton, NY, David Bunn Martine is of Shinnecock/Montauk, Chiricahua Apache and Hungarian descent. He currently lives on the Shinneock Indian Reservation on Long Island. He comes from an artristic family: his mother Marjorie Martinez was a classically trained singer and his father, Thomas Siklos, is a church choir director and voice teacher. His Shinnecock great-grandfather, Charles Sumner Bunn, was a master wood-carver of shore bird decoys and a professional guide and hunter. Charles' father was the first-mate on whaling ships that went around the world on sea voyages. David's uncle, David Martinez was a commercial artist, photographer and woodcarver.
David graduated from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, with a B.F.A. with honors; attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, certificate program with a major emphasis in museum studies; and attended Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma and obtained M.Ed. in Art Education.
Some Apache ancestors are well known in history. His great-grandfather was a warrior named Chin-Chee and was killed in battle with Geronimo's band in 1886. His step-great-grandfather was Martine, one of two Apache scouts who helped Geronimo to surrender for the final time in 1886. He is also related to Chief Victorio and Chief Mangas Coloradas.
Living on the Shinnecock Reservation and being at the family owned gift shop, Teepee In The Hills Indian Trading Post, David absorbed the history of his heritage and began drawing and selling portraits of Indian chiefs, sailing ships and animals at a young age. Artistic influences include Apache artist and relative, Allan Houser, Norman Rockwell, and the Wyeths.
Specializing in oil portraits using a classical realistic style, he also does murals (the largest being 8'x20'), book illustrations, and paints historical Indian scenes based on research of anthropological, archaeological, ethnographic and oral history documentation. He has also done large-scale wood-carvings such as carved poles from trees, heads, and clubs.
David Martine - Native American & Landscape Artist.
Native American Art, Landscapes - museum quality giclee prints for sale by David Martine.