What It’s Like to Be an Artist in the Hamptons Twyla artists Jeff Muhs and Matthew Satz show us around their vibrant art community.
With summer upon us, we can’t help but think of retreating to the beach. The Hamptons, that string of beach communities on Long Island’s South Fork, is one of the iconic summer spots. But while beautiful beaches and surfing is nice, we’re really into the vibrant arts community there. As early as the late 19th century, the Hamptons has attracted artists and many of the well known “greats” of the mid-20th century—people like Pollock, Rauschenberg and de Kooning— had studios there. Today, that tradition continues and many artists still love calling the area home.
To get a personal look at what it’s like to be an artist working in the Hamptons right now, we turned to two Twyla artists who live and make work there—Jeff Muhs and Matthew Satz. In this video, we get a glimpse inside their studios and the area through their eyes.
Born in Southampton, New York to artistic parents, Jeff Muhs spent his childhood learning about his natural environment from his father, who was a hunting and fishing guide. His time spent along the barrier beach of Long Island’s south shore is a major current running throughout Jeff’s work. His foray into art began with wood sculpting, and he later refined his skills at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After spending the early years of his career in New York City working as an illustrator and studio sculptor, Jeff returned to Southampton to focus on his artistic development.
Matthew Satz is forging his own path in the art world. By drawing upon historical lineages and engaging unique practices, Satz refines and redefines terms in developing a signature evolution of painting. Rather than being driven by aesthetics, Satz creates art in which concept dictates process, and aesthetic results in the end product of the formula: Concept + Process = Aesthetic.