Evolution and Decay was created in four phases. Oil and mixed media on canvas, 60" x 192" 2022.
Born in Berlin, Karl was influenced by German artists in Berlin and abroad especially in the United States. He studied at the University Aix-Marseille, France where he received his Docteur de l’Université. He left Europe for the United States and during his years of scientific research in institutes of excellence, his artwork gradually transformed as can be seen in a number of his paintings and three-dimensional montages. Karl has his residence and studio in Hampton Bays, New York. In line with his international work at the United Nations he worked with many Governments that also influenced his perception of art in other cultures. He was invited to exhibit during the celebration of the “Einstein Year” to a solo exhibition at the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York City.
Karl applies similar attributes to artistic endeavors as to scientific work and research. He regards each of his abstract work as an experiment although that does not necessarily mean that he follows a prescribed scheme or technique in order to achieve a cohesive signature style and product.
The abstract paintings are bold. Bright aquas blend with midnight blues, brushed smoothly across large expanse of canvas. Drips of black paint seem to stream from craters of brown punctuated with dazzles of rich red. Still other paintings draw the eye with oranges and shades of yellow which liberally mingle with greens, pinks and blues seemingly atop shades of brown and cream. Vivid or dramatic colors are a constant in the exhibition “Karl H. Szekielda: Space & Color" (Pat Rodgers, 2019). Diving into the depth of a Karl Szekielda, panoramic abstract seems possible. Karl uses a lush palette for his paintings (Mary S. Cantone - owner/director William Riis Gallery). His paintings combine an understanding of spectral properties and color that may be defined both in objective terms and in subjective terms, as something perceived and experienced by an individual. His work has been exhibited in New York, the Hamptons, and his paintings are among private collections in New York, Boston, Berlin, Toronto, Vienna and Manila.