Lost Art Salon is a San Francisco-based gallery that specializes in the rediscovery of historically significant artists and the curation of fine art collections reflecting the major styles and movements of the Modern Era. Open to the public, the gallerys showroom offers over 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and objects from the late 19th Century through the present, with a strong emphasis on 20th Century Modernism.
Like most young people, I owned cheap poster reproductions until I was well into my first career and had the option to buy something original. But even then, I was drawn to the vintage and antique. My first original piece was an estate painting that I later learned was worth several thousand dollars. I was hooked.
Through Lost Art Salon I have been very fortunate to be able to thoughtfully collect historic work with my own surroundings in mind. When I think about owning art, it’s always in the context of how I see myself living with it. And piece-by-piece (a few from every significant collection we acquire), I have amassed a permanent collection that fills my home with beauty and inspiration. I have a special passion for portraits, figures, sketches and bold abstracts. And I’m drawn to three-dimensional forms: ceramics, sculpture, and craft. Sometimes I can clearly sense the spirit of the artists whose work fills my Dolores Park apartment. They are like my own little village - a community of like-minded souls that encourage me along my own creative path.
I love collecting, I always have. I remember as a child going to the local auction every Monday evening. On one side farm animals were auctioned and on the other, the bric-a-brac - that’s where I hung out. I furnished and decorated my first apartment as a college student all with vintage finds and antiques from there. Through Lost Art Salon, I have been looking at art collections for ten years now. We passed on some, we paused on others but there were the collections that really connected with us. Once the connection is there, we still have to figure out if the intentions of the collection owner match our mission at Lost Art Salon. We also know that a great deal of labor comes along with each collection, so we only acquire collections we love. And the more time we spend with a collection, the more we love it. From each collection, I select a piece or two for me to live with. Collecting art has become a way of visually telling my stories and also remembering my stories, all through the artists’ stories. Being surrounded with art makes me happy. It calms me down. It’s at the level of what I eat and the people I have in my life. I get so much inspiration and creativity from it, every day.