Martin John Hallock is a contemporary sculpture artist based in Fort Pierre, South Dakota. A lifelong native of South Dakota, the self-described “river rat” grew up along the west bank of the Missouri River, near the mouth of the Bad River, and was raised in a culture centered around the outdoors and its wildlife.
HISTORY: Martin's pursuit of life as a wildlife sculpture artist began in 2015 following the completion of several pieces commissioned by friends. The 15 years preceding his art career, Martin earned a living operating in the mysterious world of gambling, walking away with a reputation as one of the most feared operators in the sports betting market. He's also worked as a dishwasher, waiter, carpenter, concrete laborer, bartender, accountant, commercial sockeye fisherman, budget analyst, commodity broker, derivatives trader, newsletter publisher, and aerial photographer. Martin's diversified background in multiple trades enabled an innovative style which quickly led to sculptures reflecting remarkable beauty and undeniable originality.
MEDIA: In his short career, his work has been featured in a broadcast segment on KSFY television, as well as in multiple print editions of South Dakota Magazine. In 2017, Martin displayed his sculptures in South Dakota's two most prestigious art shows. In his first year participating in the Sculpture in the Hills Show in Hill City, SD, Martin was voted 'Peoples Choice Award' 2nd Best in Show.. Later in 2017, at the Brookings Art Festival featuring over 225 artists, Martin was given the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence, awarded to only two artists each year. Currently, Martin owns and works out of his studio in downtown Fort Pierre, South Dakota, named 605studios.