About The Artist:
John (Dick) Samsen is known worldwide for his outstanding realistic automobile paintings as well as his contributions to the design of many cars that are now considered ‘classics’. His art has won awards such as first place in automotive fine art competition at the ‘Eyes on Classic Design’ show at the Edsel Ford estate, Grosse Point. Recently, his art was exhibited at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, the SanDiego Automotive Museum, and at the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
John Samsen had a career from 1952 through 1976 at Ford and Chrysler Corp. where he worked on the styling of such cars as the 1955 Thunderbird, the Ford experimental car D-523 Cougar, the 1957 FORD cars, and Chrysler Corp. production and showcars including the Barracudas, Desotos, Roadrunners, GTX, and many others.
His car art, landscapes, and seascapes, have won awards and many original pieces are owned by collectors and museums. John has recently been a guest celebrity at Carlisle PA events and has presented at the Hilton Head Concours D’Elegance and other car shows. The stories of his contributions to the design of the first Thunderbird, the Barracudas, and other classic and muscle cars, appear in books and magazines, such as Automobile Quarterly, Motor Trend Classics, Muscle Car Enthusiast and Hemmings Classic Cars. He continues to paint automotive and landscape fine art at his Hilton Head area studio.
Recently, he produced a documentary on DVD ‘We Dreamed the Dream Cars’ about the history of American Car Styling, which is available on his website. Prints of his automotive art are available on Fine Art America.
Classic Car, Muscle Car, Concept Design, Photography