Southampton, NY – Tripoli Gallery Southampton is pleased to present Touch Thoughts, an exhibition of new works by Darius Yektai, marking the artist’s fourth solo show with the gallery. It will be on view at 30A Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY, from August 6th through August 24th 2015, with an opening reception on Thursday, August 6th, from 6 to 8 pm.

Each touch, a brushstroke of thick oil paint or a groove carved into wood, is the physical manifestation of a thought. The thought can be deeply premeditated or spontaneous, yet it comes from the same source—the artist’s mind. In Yektai’s creative process, touch is revealed in various forms, exposing different moments, moods and thoughts. The touch, in varying levels of forcefulness, allows for expression of the internal—made up of the multidimensional layers of consciousness. The finished artwork claims the next step—relaying these thoughts to the viewer and completing the circuit.

This exhibition seeks to demonstrate the range of Yektai’s recent work as he blurs the lines between painting and sculpture. Gestural and expressive, his explorations in oil, concrete, wood, resin and other materials, go beyond traditional modes of painting while simultaneously paying homage to his art-historical predecessors.

Darius Yektai studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles, graduated from American University in Paris with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and went on to study painting at San Diego State University. His work has been exhibited extensively in New York and on the East End of Long Island—including a solo show at Guild Hall, Darius Yektai: Survey 2000 – 2003, in 2003. Solo exhibitions at Tripoli Gallery include Not Everyone Gets a Unicorn, 2010, On Country Ground, 2013, and Two Weeks in Umbria, 2014. He was awarded “Best in Show” at the Guild Hall Museum Annual Members Show in 2002, “Best Sculpture” in 2008, and “Best Representational Work” in 2010. Most recently, Yektai’s self portraits were included in Selfies & Portraits of the East End at The Museum at Guild Hall, East Hampton, June 20 – July 26, 2015. His work is in international private and public collections. Darius Yektai lives and works in Sag Harbor, New York.

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