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abstract painting in black and red

Edward Dugmore, Untitled (1960-G), 1960
oil on canvas
79.5 x 94 inches

Our Focus

Specializing in San Francisco Bay Area Contemporary Art, Foster Gwin offers a very carefully selected collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Painting from 1945 to 1975.

The paintings we buy and exhibit are carefully chosen. We are a secondary market dealer and as such do not seek a quantity of an artists work but instead search diligently to buy only the top examples of any particular artist. We have the largest variety of major post war SF Abstract Artists in any present gallery.

The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism

The San Francisco Art Institute was home to a group of abstract artists who rivaled the New York school for innovation, authenticity, and rebelliousness. The SF school as it has come to be known flourished in San Francisco’s “live and let live” atmosphere. Surrounded by the bay area landscape, they imbued abstract expressionist painting with a deep sense of nature and produced art forms seen nowhere before and nowhere since. The paintings we show are carefully selected examples that document the spirited uniqueness of this group.

Photo of SFAI school

The San Francisco Art Institute, known prior as California School of Fine Arts.