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"Samuel J. Formica: A New Piece of American History"
2006-02-08 until 2008-03-30
Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
USA United States of America
"Looking to the Future" is a powerful depiction of the history of America. The original painting which took three years to create is the masterpiece of local Philadelphia artist Samuel J. Formica. It measures 7'x5' features a large image of Benjamin Franklin surrounded by over 100 scenes depicting historical triumphs and tragedies. Signed copies may also be found hanging in the offices of Former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, and also in the permanent collection of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Looking to the Future is currently on loan to the Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Recently the painting was honored by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary commission and placed in the official Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary exhibit catalogue 'In Search of a Better World" (Yale University Press). The exhibition will travel from Philadephia to several cities accross the US and finally closing in Paris in 2008.
Mr. Formica credits his vision to the many historical influences that Philadelphia has to offer "I probably wouldn't have painted 'Looking to the Future' if I hadn't moved to Philadelphia nearly ten years ago, with my studio one block away from Independence Hall, one canĚt help but be influenced by all the History of this great city and Country."
Samuel J. Formica, one of the earliest Premiere Portfolio Members at absolutearts.com, joined in 2000. View more of his art at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/a/arthead/.
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