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.
Adrien A. Voisin (1890-1979) was born in Islip, NY of French parents. Early in life, Voisin was a taxidermist and an apprentice to a French woodcarver. He was a pupil of Sargent Kendall at the Yale School of Fine Arts and in 1912 had further study in Paris at Academie Colarossi, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Ecole Nacionale des Arts Decoratifs, and in the ateliers of Mercie and Injalbert. While in Paris, he realized his true talent lay in sculpture. After attending the Buffalo Bill Cody show in Paris, he became intrigued by Indians and began modeling the Indian busts for which he later became famous. Returning to America at the outbreak of WWII, he served in the U.S. Army. After the war he lived in southern California where he fulfilled architectural commissions (including work on Hearst Castle) as well as memorial busts of public figures. In 1929 he lived among the Indians in Montana and became an honorary member or the local tribe. The following year he went to Paris where his works were cast in bronze and exhibited at the Exposition Coloniale. The French government awarded his the Diplome d'Honneur and in 1932 he recieved a gold medal in the international art exhibition in Paris. Moving to San Francisco in 1933, Voisin purchased the Old Albion Brewery at 881 Innes Avenue and spent over 20 years remodeling it into a studio and home, He later moved to Spokane, Wa where his collection of Indian and animal sculptures were put on display at the Museum of Native American Cultures. His final years were spent as a resident of Palos Verdes, CA where he died May 8, 1979.