Contemporary artist Anthony A Ferrara is considered by some to be one of Philadelphia's "great cityscape artists". He was born in 1930 in South Philadelphia. He studied at Temple's Tyler School of Art where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1963. He also attended the Fleisher Art Memorial where he studied under Ben Eisenstat . Eisenstat , known for paintings of Philadelphia's historical buildings may have been influential in Ferrara's choice of subject matter as well as his vibrant use of color. ( see Ben Eisenstat the Scattergood building in our collection)
Anthony Ferrara's works painted "en plein air, have been exhibited throughout the greater Philadelphia area . Among his many venues were the Wayne Art Center, the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts ( Atlantic City ), the Toro Gallery in Huntington Valley , Tagliareni Fine Art and most recently, the Chestnut Hill Gallery.
sources: Philadelphia Inquirer June 3, 2001, May 29, 2005, October 28 ,2007, Press of Atlantic City Feb 21, 2003,The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa) May 20, 2005,Galleries as noted in the text
"Four Trees" oil on canvas 1983
"Four Trees" which he painted in 1983 was probably part of Ferrara's landscape series "Juicy Creek". Its vibrant colors suggest the influence of his mentor Ben Eisenstat (1915-2001). Anthony felt his style was literal with variations in color and intensity.