Ford Forlano

Ford Forlano is the cooperative project between David Forlano and Steve Ford that should have never come to be. They met in Rome in 1984 where they studied art together and have openly admitted they have very opposing artistic styles. David focuses his energy on sizable vivid abstract paintings; while Steve’s body of work tackles the question of “How can I make a painting as an object, a fully integrated three-dimensional piece?”

Presently, they collaborate on works by sending projects back and forth between their Philadelphia and Santa Fe studios. Nature proves to be a huge inspiration for the two, their jewelry often echoes the shapes of flower buds or seed clusters. Their work is currently on view in galleries nationwide.

The work feels complete to us when the balance of elements—abstract and imagistic—comes into focus in some unusual way.

The Dina Wind Collection

Sold to benefit the Dina Wind Art Foundation

Dina Wind was a global citizen and artist. Born and raised in Israel, she moved to the United States in 1963 with her husband Jerry, settling in Philadelphia. There she raised her family while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, the Barnes Foundation, and with Philadelphia artists Sam Feinstein, Tom Gaughan, and Leon Sitarchuk. Simultaneously, she began her own studio art practice, first in painting and then welded metal sculpture. She became best known as a fearless lady welder at a time when this was quite unusual. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academyof Fine Arts, Woodmere Museum of Art, Grounds for Sculpture, WestCollection, Tel Aviv Museum and more.

Dina Wind, Untitled (Coral Diving), 1970
Dina welding in her studio, 1986

Dina Wind, Spring & Triangle, 2016 at the Woodmere Museum

She was a passionate advocate for the arts, sitting on many boards and believing in the “Power of Art” to help improve individuallives and society at large. With Jerry, Dina traveled the world, studying, appreciating,and collecting art and jewelry everywhere they went. Her personal style was always an extension of her creative spirit, and she wore her jewelry with confidence, mixing bold abstract pieces with family heirlooms. 

Dina passed away in 2014 from ovarian cancer, still young and vibrant at 76. In her memory, her family has created The DinaWind Art Foundation to continue her philanthropy and expand her artistic legacy.

The Dina Wind Art Foundation supports living artists and arts education, sharing the rich story of artist Dina Wind, ensuring her legacy, and promoting her art to inform and impact artists. As a female champion in a predominantly male world, she was an early advocate of creating work withan environmental message and was an outspoken supporter of social justice. The Dina Wind Art Foundation is inspiring tomorrow’s generation of art lovers and practitioners who are committed to making a difference