Before his professional scientific career Karl H. Szekielda painted in Berlin where he grew up. Later on, during his years of scientific research and teaching in the United States, his works of art were gradually transformed and the influence of science can be seen on a number of them. In 1990, Karl moved to the Hamptons on Eastern Long Island and established his studio there. He is a professor in the School of Art and Sciences, City University of New York.
Karl has worked with different media as seen in his paintings and large-scale montages, in oil on canvas ranging from 6 to 15 feet long. Normally he shies away from holding exhibits, because he finds them time-consuming and diverting from the actual process to essentially create art. However, during the celebration of the “Einstein Year 2005,” he was chosen by Germany as a scientist-artist to a solo exhibition that lasted for four weeks in Manhattan. Recent works, although different in style compared to earlier works, continue to reflect the influence of his scientific work and he is convinced that science and art are connecting, interspersed and overlapping.
Karl connects art with research through interpreting satellite images which requires an understanding of color that may be defined both in objective terms, as specific electromagnetic frequencies in the visible light or in subjective terms, as something perceived and experienced by an individual. The influence of satellite images is reflected in many of Karl’s works. Earth and the oceans can be identified, time and seasons are felt, and energy is captured. Along with the study of spectra, Karl has also experimented with spatial relationships of color and depth as portrayed on a canvas.
Karl's works are among private collections in Boston, Long Island, Manila, Toronto and Berlin. Select artworks are shown on his webpage at www.szekielda-art.com.