A Revolving Art Exhibit Right In Your Community

NOTICE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the monthly Art in the City receptions at our City Center Branch are now held virtually. Check in periodically for updates.


We’re excited to partner with The Compass Atelier on a program that allows Master Artist Program students to showcase their paintings inside Signal Financial’s flagship branch at City Center, located in the heart of Washington, DC. Each month, the City Center branch morphs into a revolving art exhibit, giving the students a platform to display their visual artwork and be recognized among the community. New artists are highlighted each month, with an opening reception on the first Thursday of every month. Come by and enjoy music, light refreshments and complimentary beverages as we acknowledge and celebrate the artists of our very own community. Check back monthly to see which artist we’ll be featuring next.

Virtual art exhibit featuring Ken Bachman

For our most recent exhibit, Signal is proud to showcase the lively and vibrant artwork of Ken Bachman.

A virtual showcase of Ken’s work will show across Signal’s social media platforms and website.


Although Ken Bachman’s time for painting was limited during his 40 year law practice, he has been concentrating fully on his art for the last seven years. He has completed the three year Master Artist Program at the Compass Atelier, and lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.

He has had solo exhibitions at the Arts Club of Washington, at the Hill Center Galleries, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, at the Signal Financial Gallery, and at Glen Echo Park View Gallery.  For examples of press coverage mentioning his work: (https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/2149eff0-a9a3-11e8…) and (http://www.eastcityart.com/openings-and-events/september-2018-exhibitions-arts-club-washington/ ).

In the past three years, he has received well over twenty awards for his artworks in national and regional juried exhibitions, including three “Best in Show” awards, five first place awards, three Excellent awards  and numerous second place awards.  Several of his paintings have been selected by jurors from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Athenaeum for highly selective exhibits.  He has exhibited his works throughout the Washington metropolitan area and nationally at numerous juried exhibitions.

Artist Statement

“I grew up in Northern Virginia and Paris, France and have traveled extensively throughout my life until present circumstances have placed that pleasure on hold. These experiences influence my painting choices and recently my emphasis has been on scenes from around home and nearby interesting locations. The landscapes that intrigue me are not the standard views, but ones unique to each location that I believe will appeal to others as they do to me. I look for unusual and interesting perspectives in composing my scenes.

I allow the atmosphere of each setting to inspire my composition and . Each scene inspires me differently and generates a different response. I am drawn to scenes where the play of light and shadow in their colors illuminates the specific moment and creates a special beauty and interest. This often comes for me when there is a strong contrast of shadow and bright, such as natural light at the end of a tunnel or under a bridge. I enjoy scenes where man-made structures add their own beauty and enhance our appreciation for the beauty of the natural world that surrounds them. Structures that show their age and imperfections frequently inspire my compositions. I seek out subjects that are new to me to paint to keep my paintings fresh and different. My paintings have a painterly style, with a delicate touch, sometimes with muted tones, other times much more vibrant, and usually with a calm and pleasing mood.” – Ken Bachman 
*Contact the artist directly if you are interested in purchasing a print or the original painting.
Ken’s contact: kbachman43@gmail.com           
Ken’s website: kbachmanart.com
Ken’s YouTube Link, click here.