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Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA

Curator Beth McNeill of the McNeill Art Group based in Southampton has long had her finger on the pulse of the East End art scene and has brought numerous Hamptons artists to the forefront of the contemporary scene internationally. Thanks to the prodigious creative output of her brilliantly talented husband, painter, sculptor and designer Jeff Muhs, McNeill''s life is literally filled with art.

With a new installation organized for acclaimed Chelsea gallery Lyons Wier curator McNeill explores the work of eight East End (Long Island) based artists, Jack Ceglic, Tom Dash, Tapp Francke, Julia Greffenius, Nika Nesgoda, Darius Yektai, Gavin Zeigler and, of course, Jeff Muhs that share an intense investigation of personal identities. "Seeking Engagement NSA" runs now through February 22, 2014. Scroll down for photos from the opening!

Whether entering this arena via perceived or projected indefinites, each artist draws upon popular culture as a reference point to communicate their interpretations of how they view themselves when juxtaposed to the subject matter. Whether it is literally looking into a mirror, or mirroring the community, each artist seeks to engage the audience by creating a personal dialogue that is both self-reflective and self-critical. And as with any self-examination, it directly affects those around you.

Lyons Wier Gallery is the premier Representational gallery in New York City. They champion contemporary representational artists who bring an independent spirit to their genre creating a dialogue steeped in Conceptualism but communicated via Realism. Defined by the gallery as "Conceptual Realism," this movement far exceeds the traditional pictorial aspects of representational painting. Their artists' masterful deftness of hand is buttressed by their integral use of color, content and iconography bringing about a broader conceptual aspect to their naturalistic compositions.

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Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
American Spirit, Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 2013. By Tom Dash.

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Cecilia, 2013, Acrylic and Duct Tape on Canvas. By Julia Greffenius.

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Installation of Seeking Engagement NSA, curated by Beth McNeill.

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Three Graces, 2013, Oil, Watercolor, Charcoal and Encausticon Paper, Linen and Canvas. By Darius Yektai.

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Sabra, Oilstick and Pastel on Paper, 2013. By Jack Ceglic.

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Ol'' Dirty Bastard (O.D.B.), 2013, Clay, Rubber, Goldleaf, and Cubic Zirconia. By Jeff Muhs.

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Hello, 2013, Neon on Mirror. By Tapp Francke.

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Maria Lactans, Metallic Chromogenic Print, 2013. By Nika Nesgoda.

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Artist Jeff Muhs with his sculpture Ol' Dirty Bastard

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Curator Beth McNeill & artist Jeff Muhs

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Curator Beth McNeill & artist Jack Ceglic in front of his painting Sabra

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Artist Julia Greffenius, Countess Luann de Lesseps, artist Darius Yektai

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Beth McNeill and artist Nika Nesgoda

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Lisa Iddings and Nika Nesgoda

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
In the Main Gallery

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Artist Darius Yektai in front of his painting, Three Graces

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Kenneth Darpoh, Beth McNeill, gallery owner Michael Lyons Wier

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Jennifer McLauchlen and Catherine Grant

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Jennifer McLauchlen, designer Lutfi Yilmaz, Catherine Grant

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
John Wegorzewski and artist Jeff Muhs

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Art dealer Tripoli Patterson and Susan Frame

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
Beth McNeill and Edward Callaghan

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA
David Schieldrop and Catherine Grant

Photo Flash: East Comes West as Hamptons Artists Shine in Chelsea in SEEKING ENGAGEMENT NSA

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