GUY STAIR SAINTY President and Owner Born in England, Guy moved to New York in 1979. After studying at Westminster School, in Rome and at the College of Law, Guy joined a London gallery specializing in 19th century European painting. He opened his first public gallery in New York in 1982 and quickly made his name as a specialist in 18th, 19th and early 20th century French painting, before gradually expanding into Spanish and Italian painting of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Guy served for seven years as a member of the Art Advisory Panel of the Commissioner of the US Internal Revenue Service, and is a former Vice-President of the Private Art Dealer’s Association. In addition to his interests in art, he finds time for the study of the history of Orders of Chivalry, among others, and has published articles and several books on the subject.
ELIZABETH FROST PIERSON
Creative Director and Owner
Elizabeth joined Stair Sainty in 1995 as Creative Director. She brought a broad spectrum of experience with her, having founded her art advisory company, Elizabeth Pierson Fine Art, following extensive experience working in the art world: first at Sotheby’s and for painting dealers in New York, and later as the Director of a Rome and London based gallery. Educated first at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth went on to complete her undergraduate studies in Politics and History at The Colorado College, and Masters studies in the History of Art at Columbia University; in Photography at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; and in Italian Art and Language at the British Institute in Florence, Italy. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. Elizabeth is a member of the Colonial Dames, the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay, and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (FJJMA) in her native Oklahoma.
THOMAS SMITH Gallery Manager Thomas was raised in Staffordshire, England. He earned his Bachelors degree in History and International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Whilst studying he worked for the National Trust, then in 2011 he moved to London to study for a Masters in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors at the Wallace Collection. Following graduation he went to work for the Royal Collection in their Decorative Arts department before becoming a Research Assistant to the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures.