Kurt Giehl is an emerging artist residing in East Hampton, New York. Giehl creates subtly abstracted seascapes primarily in oil. 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. Each painting is orchestrated to not only capture the physical beauty of the east end, but to also capture a state of mind, atmosphere and aura of the images captured on these fishing trips.
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. Primarily self-taught, Giehl is currently studying with Janet Jennings who inspires him to explore new techniques and appreciation of the masters in his evolution as an artist.
Fall 2016 - Elizabeth Dow Home, East Hampton NY
March 2017 - Ashawagh Hall East Hampton - Art Alliance of East Hampton Member's Show 3/18 - 3/26
May 26 - 28, 2017 - Montauk Artist Association Show on the Green
June 23 - 25, 2017 - "Forces of Nature" - Ashawagh Hall East Hampton - Group Show
August 4 - 20, 2017 - 50th Annual Artists of the Springs Invitational
Summer 2017 - Destination Haus, Amagansett NY
May 2018 - Solo Exhibition, Exhibit A Gallery, Los Angeles CA