Patricia Faure, described as “a major force in the shaping of the Los Angeles art world,” died of natural causes early October 21st. She was 80.
The Samuel Freeman Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, formerly known as the Patricia Faure Gallery, issued a statement, saying, “It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Patricia Faure.
“All who knew her owed her a debt of gratitude for her gifts of grace, poise and elegance. A champion of artists and a passionate supporter of the arts, Patty was a major force in the shaping of the Los Angeles art world. Without her, many like myself would not be where we are today. She will always be remembered.”
Margaret Neilsen, an artist Faure represented starting in the 1980s, remembers her as someone with “style.”
“She lived life on her own terms and she was a true believer in the power of art,” Neilsen says. “The L.A. art scene would have been a much less colorful place without her presence.
“Her passing leaves a void — we will miss her support, her insights, her advice, her great stories about Hollywood and the art world, her finely honed wit and humor, her fine art of flirtation, her discerning eye and her wonderful and unique voice.”
Faure was born April 8th, 1928, in Milwaukee, and moved to Los Angeles at age 15, with aspirations to stardom. After attending Hollywood High School, she moved to New York in her pursuit of a career in modeling, when she soon reversed roles and began working as a photographer.
Faure moved back to Los Angeles in 1955 after working as an assistant to fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo, when she met Jacques Faure, art director of Conde Nast. The two married in 1959 and moved to Paris, where she gave birth to her daughter, Zazu, in 1965.
Shortly after divorcing her husband in 1970, Patty Faure began her third career in Los Angeles, working as an assistant to Nicholas Wilder, dealing in contemporary art.
She soon partnered with Betty Asher to open the Asher/Faure Gallery, which became known for introducing New York artists to the Los Angeles scene, and promoting the evolution of the art movements of the time.
“I was always interested in the evolution of art and all the new things that were happening and what the next movement would be,” Faure said in a 2007 article in Art and Living magazine.
After Asher’s death in 1994, Faure moved to Bergamot Station, establishing The Patricia Faure Gallery, where she helped launch developing artists and showcased established names in the art world.
The gallery became the Samuel Freeman Gallery in March this year, when Faure urged Freeman to use his own name for the gallery.
“In the tradition set out by our founders Betty Asher and Patricia Faure, we will continue to represent established artists such as David Reed, Robert Zakanitch, Helen Pashgian, Billy Al Bengston and Craig Kauffman, while adding to the mixture the work of Jimi Gleason, Andy Moses, Piot Brehmer, Katy Stone and Jesse Simon,” Freeman says in a statement about the gallery.
Faure died in Kingsley Manor in Hollywood, where she had moved after becoming ill.
Faure is survived by her daughter; son-in-law Kevin Sullivan of Los Angeles; sister Marjorie Romagnino of San Clemente; and nieces Kimberly Kipp of Simi Valley, Robyn Romagnino of New York, and Wendy Romagnino of Dana Point.