Tripoli Gallery

Geraniums in Pot, 2013
oil on linen
22 x 16 inches

Across the Fields, 2013
oil on linen
20 x 15-1/2 inches

Geraniums in White Pot, 2013
oil on linen
15 x 19-1/2 inches

Back of the Church on the Hill, 2013
oil on linen
23 x 19 inches

Church On Hill, 2013
oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

Olive Colored Field 2, 2013
oil on canvas
19 x 25 inches

Tiber in Umbria, 2013
oil on canvas
19 x 26 inches

Olive Trees Bordering Fields, 2013
oil on linen
15 x 18 inches

Olive Field, 2013
oil on linen
14 x 18 inches

Olive Trees by Road, 2013
oil on linen
17-1/2 x 20 inches

Second Field, 2013
oil on linen
18 x 24 inches

Sunrise in the Field, 2013
oil on canvas
18 x 26-1/2 inches

The Red Door Geranium, 2013
oil on canvas
18-1/2 x 25 inches

Italian Lanscape by River, 2013
oil on linen
17-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches

Edge of Field, 2013
oil on linen
18-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches

View of Todi at Night, 2013
oil on canvas
18x19inches

Olive Colored Field 1, 2013
oil on canvas
18-1/2 x 20-1/2 inches

Cyprus Hill, 2013
oil on linen
15-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches

View Up The Hill, 2013
oil on linen
27 x 19 inches

Two Weeks in Umbria

Darius Yektai

February 8 ‐ March 17, 2014

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Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Two Weeks in Umbria—a new group of paintings by Darius Yektai, marking the artist’s third solo show with the gallery. This series of twenty-five, relatively small paintings were made over a fourteen-day period in Montecastello di Vibio, a medieval hilltop fortress town in Umbria. The seclusion of the small village made for an experience whereby Yektai could devote himself exclusively to painting—most of which was done en plein air, under bleaching, bright summer sun.

Each day, Yektai hiked down, and returned up, the mountain; carrying his paints and wooden box that he crafted especially for holding his canvases. Amongst olive trees, fields, winding pathways and potted geraniums, the artist’s surroundings became his subject matter. Landscape, set alongside upward and downward sloping hills, became forms. Responding to the topographical differences from his Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor home and studio, Yektai noted, “Fields laid on top of each other like bricks and mortar, so when you look at the landscape there’s a brickwork pattern. The landscape lends itself to abstraction.”

During the two weeks, Yektai painted around five to six paintings each day, responding to what he was seeing with an immediacy and freedom that could only have been achieved beyond the studio. Not intending on having the paintings be shown, pencil marks, rough edges and areas of untouched canvas, contrasting to areas piled high with paint, are left as is—in adherence to their initial integrity and honesty. 

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, Not Everyone Gets a Unicorn, 2010, and On Country Ground, 2013, both at Tripoli Gallery. 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. His work is in international private collections and in the permanent collection of Guild Hall in East Hampton. 

Darius Yektai
Geraniums in Pot, 2013
oil on linen
22 x 16 inches

Darius Yektai
Across the Fields, 2013
oil on linen
20 x 15-1/2 inches

Darius Yektai
Geraniums in White Pot, 2013
oil on linen
15 x 19-1/2 inches

Darius Yektai
Back of the Church on the Hill, 2013
oil on linen
23 x 19 inches

Darius Yektai
Church On Hill, 2013
oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

Darius Yektai
Olive Colored Field 2, 2013
oil on canvas
19 x 25 inches

Darius Yektai
Tiber in Umbria, 2013
oil on canvas
19 x 26 inches

Darius Yektai
Olive Trees Bordering Fields, 2013
oil on linen
15 x 18 inches

Darius Yektai
Olive Field, 2013
oil on linen
14 x 18 inches

Darius Yektai
Olive Trees by Road, 2013
oil on linen
17-1/2 x 20 inches

Darius Yektai
Second Field, 2013
oil on linen
18 x 24 inches

Darius Yektai
Sunrise in the Field, 2013
oil on canvas
18 x 26-1/2 inches

Darius Yektai
The Red Door Geranium, 2013
oil on canvas
18-1/2 x 25 inches

Darius Yektai
Italian Lanscape by River, 2013
oil on linen
17-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches

Darius Yektai
Edge of Field, 2013
oil on linen
18-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches

Darius Yektai
View of Todi at Night, 2013
oil on canvas
18x19inches

Darius Yektai
Olive Colored Field 1, 2013
oil on canvas
18-1/2 x 20-1/2 inches

Darius Yektai
Cyprus Hill, 2013
oil on linen
15-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches

Darius Yektai
View Up The Hill, 2013
oil on linen
27 x 19 inches