Name: James Martin
Location: New York, NY 10021-4806
Phone: (413) 441-6487
Designation: Fellow
Specialties: BuildingsArt on Paper,Unbound DocumentsDigital Materials (incl. Web sites)Archaeological Objects,Decorative Arts,Ethnographic Objects,Folk Arts,Furniture,Historic/Technical Objects,Natural Science Objects,Outdoor Sculpture,SculptureContemporary Paintings,Icons,Non-Western Paintings,Portrait Miniatures,Reverse Glass Paintings,Traditional Paintings on Canvas,Traditional Panel Paintings,Wall PaintingsPhotographsArchaeological Textiles,Costumes/Accessories,Flags/Banners,Tapestry/Carpets,UpholsteryArchaeological Objects,Ethnographic Objects,Frames,Furniture,Historic/Technical Objects,Maritime,Wood Sculpture,Veneer/Marquetry/Boulle,Waterlogged Wood
Services: Analysis,Conservation Education,Conservation Science,Examination,Materials Testing
Materials: Bricks,Ceramics,Fibers,Gilded Surfaces,Glass,Ivory and Bone,Lacquer,Leather/Skin,Metals,Modern/Contemporary,Optical Media,Painted/Polychromed Surfaces,Paper,Papyrus/Tappa/Amatyl,Parchment/Vellum,Photographic Materials,Plaster,Plastics/Synthetics/Rubber,Shell,Stone,Textiles,Wood
Willing to Travel: No

Biographical Information:

James Martin is a scientist, professor, art conservator, and artist. James founded and operated Orion, a micro-niche materials analysis and consulting firm established in 2000 to investigate art, cultural property, and collectibles spanning more than 4,000 years – from ancient Egyptian artifacts to paintings and sculpture, architectural finishes, Bordeaux wines, and more. People on five continents relied on James to elucidate the structure and composition of materials, resolve questions about attribution and authenticity, provide leads and testimony in civil and criminal proceedings, help build and preserve assets and legacies – and avoid costly litigation. James taught at the Getty, Smithsonian, and FBI Counter-terrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, and now holds academic appointments at New York University and Williams College. He conducted art fraud investigations for the FBI for twenty years, and was an esteemed expert in criminal investigations and legal proceedings in the United States and abroad. He has undertaken more than 1,800 investigations. From start to finish, James had his hands and eyes on every project element; thus, the service Orion’s clients received was agile, attuned, discrete, and focused, and he was able to synthesize complex bodies of information, observations, and data to solve specific problems – accurately, coherently, and reliably. This model lead to an extraordinarily high rate of success – and professional enjoyment – for James and the people he served.

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