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A Conversation with David Ibata, Martin Swift and Nicole Ida Fossi Moderated by Katty Huertas




Join us for an engaging conversation with Washington, DC-based figurative painters David Ibata, Martin Swift and Nicole Ida Fossi. The artists are featured in the WSS exhibition, Somewhere near the Inside (April 5 - May 17, 2019). Focusing on 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 draw the viewers in and ask them to venture deeper into their sense of self.

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), and 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.

About the moderator: Katty Huertas is a Colombian-born artist based in Washington, DC. Her work explores the female identity, double standards and animal rights among other subjects. She works in a variety of mediums that include painting, sculpture, fiber work, digital drawing, design and animation. Huertas received her BA in Arts with a Minor in Art History from Florida International University and is currently completing her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Free and open for all. No RSVP required.  


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