Washington Studio School Presents Somewhere near the Inside

By Editorial Team on April 9, 2019
Images (left to right): Nicole Ida Fossi, Noctilucent Cadmium, oil on wood panel, 2019; David Ibata, Sermon, Conte and pastel on paper, 2019; Martin Swift, from the series paradox of masculinity, oil on canvas, 2018.
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 4 from 2pm to 3:30pm

A conversation with the artists will be held at Washington Studio School on Saturday May 4, from 2 to 3:30 pm. A second reception will coincide with Dupont Circle First Friday: Art Walk on Friday May 5, from 6 to 8pm.

Washington Studio School (WSS) is pleased to present Somewhere near the Inside, a group exhibition featuring three Washington, DC-based figurative painters David Ibata, Nicole Ida Fossi and Martin Swift.

Focusing on the deep aspects of the human condition, the artists explore the meaning of masculinity, the impact of socio-economic conditions, and the tension inherent in relationships. Somewhere near the Inside presents works of deep introspection that draws the viewer in and asks them to venture deeper into their own sense of self.

About the artists
David Ibata is an American painter from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He received his education from the Corcoran College of Art & Design (BFA, 2008) followed by the New York Academy of Art (MFA 2010). He has been a copyist at the National Gallery of Art since 2012.

Nicole Ida Fossi is a multimedia artist with a focus on figurative oil painting. Her work explores the emotional states and tensions inherent in all relationships, starting with the relationship with the self. Exploring the interplay of figure, gaze, and color, Fossi portrays the layers of personal experience and the subtle drama of concealment and exposure.

Martin Swift is a Washington, DC-based painter and illustrator who focuses on contemporary figurative realism and absurdist narrative. Through oil paintings and detailed pen and ink drawings, he investigates compelling ideas of gender, sexuality, childhood uncertainty, and science fiction. He graduated with a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon in 2012, and has shown internationally in Berlin, London, New York, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA.

The Washington Studio School (WSS), offers classes primarily in drawing, painting, and sculpture to adults and high-school teens. For more information about WSS, visit www.washingtonstudioschool.org.