Born Antwerp 1929, Karel lived in North Wales from 1940. Studied at Liverpool College of Art. Elected to RCA 1955.
“I feel compelled to paint my fellow men and women in their environment - whether urban or rural - whatever they may be doing at that time. My landscape subjects are painted at any time of the year with a preference, perhaps, for the seasons of autumn and winter. Painters express themselves visually, and my tubes of paint and bottles of ink contain my words. If, however, others were trying to sum up my work, I hope that somewhere the words ‘compassion and honesty’ might appear.”

Chwilio Safle