Beauty on the East End

See (and make) gorgeous works of art this summer

Art abounds in the Hamptons all throughout the year, and although the summer may be drawing to a close, there are still great opportunities to see, and even make, some gorgeous works of art. Prepare to be dazzled by gorgeous Hamptons seascapes, fantastic costumed characters, and some Jackson Pollack-inspired creations of your own.

Fair Winds & Tides – An Exhibition of New Paintings by Max Moran features new oil paintings by the distinguished North Fork artist.  Moran has travelled the world to create, and spent the mid-‘80s to early ‘90s in New England, based out of a studio in Martha’s Vineyard.  He has spent the last 15 years drawing inspiration from landscapes throughout New York State, most notably in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains and New York City.  In NYC he created a well-known series of oil paintings inspired by the rain.  Images of lovers stealing a kiss in a sudden sun shower or working New Yorkers trying to hail a cab on Park Avenue show the varied reactions city dwellers may have to some precipitation! He now focuses much of his work on the fields of the North Fork of Long Island.  His new exhibition can be seen at the Jedediah Hawkins Barn Gallery in Jamesport through September 14th (Fridays 5-8pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1-7pm).  (maxmoran.com)

Colin Christian: Cosplay is an exhibition of new works by the renowned sculptor.  This show is his first solo show in the United States in three year.  Cosplay is short for “costume play,” often seen at comic book conventions and movie premieres.  Christian has taken iconic characters from film, literature, and pop culture and reimagined them in his unique style.  Some of the sculptures in this collection have been inspired by A Clockwork Orange, Batgirl, Barbarella (from the 1968 Jane Fonda film) and Buck Rogers.  His pieces, made from fiberglass, silicone, and other mixed media are incredibly detailed, and sure to please art fans of all ages.  The London-born artist moved to the US in 1992 and made his first production figure in 1998, a 7-foot tall anime girl called “Suki.”  Since that time, he has continued to be inspired by old sci-fi movies, pin-up girls, anime, and ambient music to create his realistic cartoon figures, and truly bring them to life.  Christian’s work can be seen through September 8th at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton. (veredcontemporary.com)

If all of this art has you inspired to try to create some of your own, be sure to head to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, the home and studio of famous artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.  After a private tour before the museum is open to the public, take part in some drip-painting of your own! The tour is geared towards families, and children age 4 and up can participate in the painting.  $35 admission includes a canvas board and paint supplies, access to the museum, and the private early morning tour.  Two Saturday morning sessions will be held in September, on the 6th and 13th from 10am-11:30am.  (imaginehearted.com)