2018 Resident Artists

Martin Swift

In July, the Goetemann Artist Residency welcomes Martin Swift, a Washington DC -based painter and illustrator who focuses on contemporary figurative realism and absurdist narrative.

Closing Talk: July 30, 7PM

Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., #10

Martin had a very productive month, from starting and finishing canvasses to starting a painting of his father.

Opening Conversation: Held July 2, 7 PM, Cultural Center Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St.

Martin Swift gave the opening talk for his monthlong residency on a hot Monday evening. His brief slide show took us through his evolution as an artist from his first figure paintings to his more experimental, very  recent work.  Martin works from photographs, so he has been able to bring along several canvasses to work on while on Rocky Neck. Developing what he calls a “natural realism,” he cites German artist Neo Rauch as an influence.

Look for the Open Studio sign on Madfish Wharf to check in on Martin’s progress (you might even get a glimpse of his astounding pen-and-ink sketchbook). This is Martin’s first Residency, so do stop by and chat with him. Below are two examples of his different styles in ink and oils:



“Billy” Oil on canvas

Through oil paintings and detailed pen and ink drawings, Martin Swift investigates compelling ideas of gender, sexuality, childhood uncertainty and science fiction. Martin graduated with a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon in 2012, and has shown internationally in Berlin, London, New York, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh.


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