About Heritage Auctions - Art: Western & California

Art: Western & California
Ed Jaster
Ed Jaster
Senior VP, Heritage Auctions
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From the very beginning, Ed Jaster seemed destined for the art business. His parents met while attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1940s, the same school their son would later attend. Subsequently, for some 20 years, Ed owned his own commercial art firm in Chicago, acquiring, trading, and selling world class collections of American photography, illustration art, and vintage comic books. Ed brought his vast experience and expertise in collectibles to Heritage Auctions in 2002.

Alissa Ford
Alissa Ford
Director, California Art
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Alissa is well versed on the art market, having managed multi-million dollar collections nationwide, helping collectors find premier paintings by important California and Western artists; and having worked both at major California and New York auction houses and alongside some of the country’s most respected dealers.  Alissa received her BA in Art History with an emphasis in the Italian Renaissance, then pursued her Master’s in American Fine and Decorative Arts. After spending several years in New York, Alissa decided to return to her native grounds to specialize in the great masters of the American West, working in the California Painting department of another prominent auction house and as Director of a highly recognized California Art Gallery. “I realized early on that this niche of the market is filled with passionate collectors and I feel fortunate to continue to build relationships with those buyers ” In addition to her role as Director, California Art, Alissa acts as one of the company’s auctioneers.

Peter Fairbanks
Peter Fairbanks
Director, Fine Art, San Francisco
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Peter M. Fairbanks has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of American and European Art. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Peter received his Bachelor's degree in Classical Studies from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and completed Sotheby's Executive Training Program in London in 1974. Upon his return to the United States, he founded the Fine Art Department at William Doyle Galleries in New York. When Phillips (Son & Neale) Auctioneers, the London-based company, opened in New York, Peter was appointed Senior Vice President, overseeing Business Development and Fine Art. In 1980, he was hired by Butterfield Auctioneers (now Bonhams), San Francisco, as Senior Vice President of Operations and Director of the Fine Art Department. Peter served on the Boards of the European Fine Art Foundation (organizers of The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht, The Netherlands), the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation and the American Conservatory Theater, among others. He is the Western Regional Representative of the Appraisers Association of America, and has served as a fine art appraiser continuously for the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow since its inception in 1997.

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