I sure hope not. If you've been following this blog for a while you'll already know that Frank Soltesz' work was incredibly well received by those who visited here back in March. In case you missed them, I've added all those previous posts to the drop down menu in the sidebar.
Recently I've heard from three of Frank Soltesz' grandchildren. One of them, Andy, writes about a truly unfortunate situation:
"My mother (Frank's daughter) had a tremendous collection of his work. Unfortunately, in the recent San Diego wildfires, all of this work has been lost. Since we were family, we did not purchase any of this work. We are looking for anyone who may have information regarding purchase price of his work, when the work was purchased, and a description of the work. Obviously, this is for insurance purposes. Do you have or know anyone who has this type of information?"
I wrote back to Andy suggesting that he contact The Illustration House and Graphic Collectibles, two of the biggest and most knowledgable dealers in original illustration art. If you have any other suggestions for the Soltesz family, I'm sure they would appreciate hearing from you. You can contact me via my email address in the profile section of this blog or leave a comment at the end of this post.
Soltesz' grandaughter, Tammy, left this comment:
"Some of my favorite work that he has done (in addition to his cutaways) is his series of Esso map covers and his Christmas card artwork. It is neat to know that his work is still appreciated and odd to think that people regard him as a man of mystery."
And another grandson, Scott, wrote:
"We still have several of his pieces though, and my sister and I are embarking on a project to digitally photograph what we have and catalog them for all to enjoy. He was unique in his style, and loved by many."
Today's pieces have been added to my Frank Soltesz Flickr set.