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.
Malcolm “Mac” McClain was a Southern California painter, ceramicist, and poet. McClain grew up in San Marino, California, and while studying at Pomona College, enlisted in World War II. He served in France, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and remaining on the front combat line until the German Army surrendered on May 5, 1945. Following his discharge in 1946, he settled into a studio outside of Paris to spend a year painting and drawing with other veterans and young American artists.
In 1947, McClain moved to New York to study art at the New School of Social Research with Abe Rattner, Louis Schanker, and Adja Yunkers. In 1953 he enrolled at La Escuela de Pintura y Escultra de La Callejon Esmeralda in Mexico City, and later at La Escuela de Bellas Artes in Morelia for ceramics. It was there that he worked alongside Ross Curtis, a fellow Lost Art Salon artist. McClain returned to the U.S. to finish classes at Pomona College in 1955.
After working with Peter Voulkos at Scripps College, McClain began an MFA program at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, studying under Voulkos with artists John Mason and Paul Soldner. From 1959-1963 McClain lived in Tijuana and taught at the Art Center in La Jolla, helping to set up their ceramics program. Following the dissolution of the Art Center, he taught sculpture and drawing at Pomona College from 1964 to 1965. McClain finished out his teaching career at Cal State LA, where he spent 23 years in the ceramics department.
McClain wrote poetry throughout his life, as well as other published material under the name “Mac McCloud.” He often wrote articles for art magazines, discussing artists and reviewing exhibitions. He continued to exhibit into the 1980s and 90s, showing his work at The American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Mingei International Museum, and the Oceanside Museum of Art.