132 Old Stone Highway
East Hampton, NY 11937
Kurt Giehl is an emerging contemporary artist residing in East Hampton, New York. Self-taught, Giehl creates mostly abstract works of acrylic on board. After 23 years on Wall Street, Giehl decided to leave his financial career and pursue his passion for art full time. He and his husband relocated from Manhattan to East Hampton in pursuit of this goal.
Avid fisherman, Giehl and his husband spend much of their time on the waters across the South and North Forks of Long Island. His seascape paintings are all inspired from the numerous fishing trips in local waters. Like so many other artists, Giehl was drawn to the Hamptons for the amazing light and natural beauty. His seascape paintings highlight the subtleness of horizon – where air meets land meets water. For his seascape paintings, Giehl uses both brushes and painting knives. Where brushes are used, he creates an abstract and wispy composition of light and color. His paintings created exclusively with painting knives, create a pixelated and highly textured view of the subject matter.
Drawing from his professional career on Wall Street, Giehl’s work is heavily influenced by the bold, direct and precise nature of his former career. His work is an adventurous combination of hue and construction. Breaking from what made him successful in banking, Giehl approaches each painting as a dynamic puzzle that unfolds itself over the creative process.