Insight Sunday with Darius Yektai


The Church Sun, Jul 30, 2023 10:30 AM



Photo By Elise Thompson


SUNDAY, JULY 30th | 10:30 AM 

Members: Free, RSVP Required
Non-Members: $10


Southampton artist Darius Yektai, featured in The Church’s Summer exhibition Strike Fast, Dance Lightly: Artists on Boxing, will speak on his work in the show as well as his artistic career and processes. Yektai’s work often pushes the boundaries of painting towards sculpture and sculpture towards painting. Having shown both nationally and internationally, Yektai’s technique involves both traditional and experimental approaches with his use of thick, tactile brushstrokes and sharp edges created by pouring resin directly onto the canvas.


Yektai is the son of Manoucher Yektai, a renowned painter who was instrumental in the Abstract Expressionism movement. With these deep seeded art roots, Yektai has solidified his own style, with a youthful sense of urgency and fast spontaneity permeating his work. Yektai’s piece, The Titans, 2023, a large painterly sculpture, was created specifically for Strike Fast Dance Lightly and joins the checklists of world-renowned artists, all of which grapple with the motif of boxing.


Insight Sundays, held the last Sunday of each month, allow individual artists to talk in depth about their processes, techniques, and concepts in the presence of their work. The program allows the audience to see through the artist’s eye. It is a monthly program open to the public and free to our members. Thank you to our program sponsor, Modern General Dreamy Coffee Co., for providing coffee for our monthly program. Stop by prior to Insight Sunday to view Yektai’s work, which will be on display from June 25th – September 3rd. The Church’s summer open hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 11 AM - 5 PM.


Darius Yektai was born in 1973 in Southampton, New York. He studied science and art at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, and then received his bachelor of arts degree in Art History from the American University in Paris in 1996. Mr. Yektai has shown internationally in London and Dubai and has had several solo shows in New York and in the Hamptons including a solo survey of his early work at Guild Hall Museum in Easthampton in 2003, and then again more recently at the museum in the group show, ‘Yektai’ with his father Manoucher Yektai and his brother Nico Yektai in 2017. He exhibited his large dark self portraits in the show “Darklight” at The Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs in 2020. The exhibition brought together six large scale dark self portraits to create a meditative space for the contemplation of the human condition.