Introduction to McNaught Fine Art
Born to an art-collecting family with a strong academic tradition, I was fortunate to grow up in the presence of both Old Master and Post-Impressionist paintings. After working with Bryan Heath Fine Art in London, I spent ten years studying music, including at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and at Berlin's Hochschule. Returning to art dealing in 1982, I continued my education in London at Christie's Fine Arts, graduating in 1986. For three years, I served as the head of the Fine Arts Department of Auction Galleries in Monterey, California before opening my own gallery in 1989.
Every work of art I represent is thoroughly researched before being offered for sale. Comprehensive artist biographies and bibliographies are compiled, together with all available information on provenance. A detailed condition report is also prepared. When conservation is required, all methods employed are consistent with current museum archival practice. Where a new frame is called for, it is custom-made by hand.
While I am proud of long-standing relationships with both private and institutional collectors, it is always a pleasure to begin working with a new client. New or old, however, all these relationships are essentially collaborative. The acquisition of fine art is both a journey and a destination. As I work with each collector, I seek those paintings that will both enhance the collection and enrich their experience of collecting.
Our Summerland viewing room, ten miles south of Santa Barbara, is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Paintings may also be viewed, by appointment, at our Santa Cruz viewing rooms.
I am always happy to consult concerning a particular painting or area of interest. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me personally.
- Anthony McNaught