My name is Karl Gerzan I have practiced as a professional artist for two decades, of which the most recent eight years have focused predominantly upon commissioned fine art. My oil paintings can be found in public buildings and private collections throughout the U.S.A., Mexico and Europe.
Having focused mainly upon custom artworks, it was imperative that I develop a scientific approach. I have honed my technique and created my style through science and mathematics.
The common thread within my compositions is the exploration of the passage of time. I am fascinated with researching “what was” and “what was thought to be” and putting it in complete juxtaposition with “what is” and “what could be”.
There are numerous correlations between established scientific principals and our faith-based perception of “what is”, but those two notions are not always in harmony. We evolve by exploring their differences and applying our collective knowledge.
“The unexamined life is not worth living” -Socrates
As is the case with the established sciences, my aim as a scientific artist is to provoke the viewer into examining “what is” and to inspire him/her to question it. By requiring the viewer to participate, I subtly instigate them to formulate their own hypotheses. The function of my art is to inspire my audience to take action and examine their core beliefs of “what is”.
It was very early on in my career that I discovered the perfect harmonies that are inherent to our natural environment(s). Through numerous early scientific trials I have developed many of my signature color chords that were derived from nature. By placing a mathematical value on the various hues, tones and shades of the primary and secondary colors, I have been able to accurately convey the intended message(s) of my designs.
I have spent many studio hours creating and cataloging thousands of custom color samples. This library of colors is an integral asset when it comes to conveying my concepts and designing my proposals.
A single color has relatively low impact. It can be related to a musical orchestration with only one note. It is when multiple notes, or colors, tones and shades are played in unison that a symphony is formed.
While studying fine art at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in the early 1990’s, I was employed as a civil engineer. When I was not at the easel, I was tasked with the job of measuring the Earth and making maps. My instinct was to apply the linear mindset of my day job with my passion of color theory and fine art.
I once again looked to nature to facilitate a visually pleasing method of articulating my color theories. I interpreted the natural patterns that emerged with geometry. Natural harmonies and discords are the foundations of my style, Geometric Expressionism. By creating and reading blueprints of the Earth I discovered a rhythm that in turn I applied to fine art.
I consider myself fortunate to have succeeded as a professional fine artist for 20 years. I attribute my successes to many facets of professionalism. Diligence and punctuality are priorities to me. Craftsmanship and ingenuity are also pillars upon which I have built my career. What I pride myself upon most, however, is my ability to communicate. I am well versed in the intricacies of working in tandem with clients as well as architects, engineers and builders. Having a background in interior design and civil engineering, I am able to conceptualize the overall vision of a project. It takes a team of people working in harmony to bring an undertaking like this to fruition.