In Fred Tieken’s paintings, the energy of street art is transformed through the artist’s feel for color and composition and his socially aware sense of humor. After years as a musician and then a graphic artist, Tieken found his voice as a painter by adding the clarity of graphic art to the uninhibited energy of jazz and rock music. Citing artists like Baselitz, Schnabel and Basquiat as influences, Tieken combines their signature primal energy and sophisticated sensibility with his own precise style and wry wordplay, bringing his images firmly into their own territory.

Painting in acrylics on surfaces that range from canvas to cardboard to aluminum (often adding elements of collage), Tieken uses bold brushstrokes to create complex areas of movement that provide each image with a strong surface energy. His color palette contributes another level of intensity – bursts of red, yellow and green animate his compositions. The artist says that for him, painting is like baring his soul to the world, and that level of emotional commitment comes vividly across in his work.

Fred Tieken – Select Exhibitions

  • Sept 14, 2018 – Jan 20, 2019 – Jazz It Up! Exhibition – Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum – Mesa, AZ
  • April 14 – May 19, 2018 – Co_Works International – Tieken Gallery LA – Los Angeles, CA
  • April 7, 2018 – Free Arts of AZ Art from the Heart auction Featured Artist – Saks 5th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ
  • Jan 10-14, 2018 – LA Art Show – Los Angeles Convention Center – Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct 21-Nov 26, 2017 – Tieken Gallery LA Grand Opening – Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sept 14-28, 2017 – Royse Contemporary Grand Opening – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Aug 5-27, 2017 – LA Dulcepalooza – Neutra Museum & Gallery of Silverlake – Los Angeles, CA
  • May 6, 2017 – Design Within Reach – An evening of Art & Design – Scottsdale, AZ
  • April 7-21, 2017 – Icehouse Gallery – Featured Artist – Phoenix, AZ
  • April 1, 2017 – Saks Fifth Avenue – Art from the Heart – Phoenix, AZ
  • Jan 11-15, 2017 – LA Art Show – Los Angeles Convention Center – Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov 30-Dec 4, 2016 – Spectrum Miami Contemporary Art Show – Miami, FL
  • Nov 30-Dec 4, 2016 – Nobu Hotel Miami Beach – X Contemporary Art Fair – Miami, FL
  • Oct 27, 2016 – FOUND:RE Art Hotel – Featured Artist collection – Phoenix, AZ
  • Aug 10-26, 2016 – TAG Gallery – 2016 California Open Juried Exhibition – Santa Monica, CA
  • Aug 14-Sept 18, 2016 – LA Municipal Art Gallery – “Play” Juried Show – Los Angeles, CA
  • July 30-Aug 27, 2016 – The Gallery – Human Rights Show Invitational – Hawthorne, CA
  • June 18-July 2, 2016 – bG Gallery at Bergamot Station – Spectrum Gestalt 3 – Santa Monica, CA
  • June 3-25, 2016 – {9} The Gallery & Artelshow present Gods & Demons – Phoenix, AZ
  • May 19-Aug 15, 2016 – Latitude 33 Sky Lobby – The Art of Fred Tieken – Marina del Rey, CA
  • May 7-27, 2016 – The Mike Kelley Gallery – 2nd Annual Mask Art Show LA – Venice, CA
  • Feb 27-Mar 6, 2016 – Tieken Gallery – Co-Works International Art & Photography Show – Paradise Valley, AZ
  • Feb 13-27, 2016 – bG Gallery at Bergamot Station – Sculpture Maze – Venice, CA
  • Feb 5-26, 2016 – Chartreuse Gallery Headliner – Phoenix, AZ
  • Jan 27-31, 2016 – LA Art Show – Represented by Coagula Curatorial, LA Convention Center – Los Angeles, CA
  • Dec 4-31, 2015 – {9} The Gallery – Tiny Works Invitational – Phoenix, AZ
  • Nov 21-Dec 19, 2015 – Neutra Institute Museum of Silver Lake – No to GMO Solo Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov 7-29, 2015 – Tieken Gallery – Grand Opening Invitational Show, Paradise Valley, AZ
  • Oct 16-Nov 13, 2015 – Treeo Gallery – The Devil’s in the Details-New Works by Fred Tieken, Phoenix, AZ
  • Aug 8-16, 2015 – bG Gallery at Bergamot Station – Spectrum Gestalt 2, Santa Monica, CA
  • July 11-Aug 2, 2015 – HUD Gallery – Dab Art Summer Juried Exhibition, Ventura, CA
  • July 11, 2015 – KGB Gallery – Mask Art Show & Masquerade Ball, Los Angeles, CA
  • June 12-19, 2015 – Gallery 825 – LAAA Out There Juried Exhibition, West Hollywood, CA
  • May 19-June 9, 2015 – Agora Gallery – Portal of Enigma Group Exhibition, Chelsea, NYC, NY
  • April 24-Aug 16, 2015 – Mesa Contemporary Art Museum – Artillery Curated Group Exhibition, Mesa, AZ
  • Mar 27-Apr 27, 2015 – Herberger Theater Center – Juried Exhibit, Phoenix, AZ
  • March 6-21, 2015 – Pravus Gallery – Invitational Group Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • March 6-21, 2015 – Willo North Gallery – For the Birds Solo Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Feb 12-15, 2015 – Palm Springs Fine Art Fair – Coagula Curatorial Exhibit, Palm Springs, CA
  • Feb 6-27, 2015 – monOrchid – Ole Blue Eyes is Back Solo Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jan 31-Feb 21, 2015 – Red Pipe Gallery – Funny Face group show, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jan 1-17, 2015 – bG Gallery at Bergamot Station – 144 Reunion invitational, Santa Monica, CA
  • Dec 3-7, 2014 – Aqua Art Miami – Perihelion Arts Solo Exhibit, Miami, FL
  • Oct 17-Nov 15, 2014 – TREEO opening – Shakin’ Things Up Solo Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Sept 25-27, 2014 – ARTELPHX – Art Beyond Galleries & Museums, Installation, Phoenix, AZ
  • May 2-16, 2014 – Ekphrasis, Obliq Art – Art & poetry group show, Phoenix, AZ
  • Mar 7-15, 2014 – Objects d’Art Auction, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Feb 7-Mar 16, 2014 – gallery LUxx – Visual Raconteur Solo Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jan 26-Feb 18, 2014 – Arizona Artist Guild – Juried Member Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dec 6, 2013-Jan 11, 2014 – monOrchid – Holy Daze Juried Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dec 6-30, 2013 – (9) The Gallery – I Have a Name Invitational Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Oct 12-Nov 30, 2012 – monOrchid – Rotting the Barrel? Juried Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Sept 6-Oct 12, 2013 – monOrchid – 78 Years in the Fast Lane Solo Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • June 1-August 30, 2013 – University Club – Visual Acoustics Juried Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • May 10-June 9, 2013 – ACCI Gallery – 2013 National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
  • May 10-30, 2013 – Guns/Children Invitational Exhibition, Sedona, AZ
  • April 15-19, 2013 – Arizona Artists Guild Juried Members Show, Scottsdale, AZ
  • March 1-30, 2013 – monOrchid – 25 Years Downtown Invitational Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • March 1-15, 2013 – After Hours Gallery Art Detour Exhibit, Phoenix, AZ
  • February 1-March 29, 2013 – The Nash – Juried Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • February 1-26, 2013 – Obliq Gallery – Headline Artist, Phoenix, AZ
  • November, 2012 – Gallo Blanco – Solo Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Oct-Dec, 2012 – Herberger Theater Center – Memory Play Juried Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • October 5-29, 2012 – 6th Avenue Gallery – Freddie Goes Underground Solo Exhibit, Phoenix, AZ
  • October 6, 2012 – Herberger Theater Center – Festival of the Arts, Phoenix, AZ
  • July 13-August 19, 2012 – ACCI Gallery – 2012 National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
  • Mar 17-Apr 14, 2012 – Modified Arts – Phoenix + Curated Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • Mar 2- Apr 6, 2012 – Gallery Hazel – Headline Artist, Phoenix, AZ
  • Mar 15-18, 2012 – Vermillion Studio Collective – Smackdown in the Desert, Phoenix, AZ
  • Feb 9-Mar 9, 2012 – ASU Gammage Juried Exhibition, Tempe, Ariz. – Award of Merit
  • November, 2011 – Arizona Artists Guild – Fall Juried Exhibition
  • November, 2011 – Artlink First Friday – New City Studio, Phoenix, AZ
  • October, 2011 – Vermillion Studio Collective – 50 paintings – Solo Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
  • December, 2010 – Arizona Art Alliance Gallery – AAG Small Paintings
  • November, 2010 – Arizona Artists Guild – Fall Juried Exhibition

Fred Tieken – Select Honors

  • Nov 2017 – Apr 2018 – Featured Artist & Honorary CoChair – Free Arts of Arizona Art from the Heart Art Auction
  • June, 2016 – So Scottsdale magazine – Scottsdale Now Feature article – Fred Tieken, Coloring the Art World
  • May, 2016 – Mat Gleason’s Modern Art Blitz – live streamed Fred Tieken interview at Dromebox Studios in downtown LA
  • April, 2016 – Phoenix Magazine – Spotlight editorial – Fred Tieken, Original Hepcat and Artist Entrepreneur
  • December, 2015 – The PHiX Feature story – Tieken Gallery Opens to Great Fanfare
  • November, 2015 – Phoenix New Times Feature story – Gail and Fred Tieken open gallery in Paradise Valley
  • May, 2015 – MCA Museum curated exhibition – Artillery International Show
  • March, 2015 – East Valley Magazine – Artist of the Month
  • February, 2015 – Phoenix New Times – 6 Must-See Shows
  • December, 2014 – Miami Pork Belly Tilmes – Featured Artist
  • February, 2014 – Book Release – Selected Works by Fred Tieken
  • January, 2014 – Juror – Arizona Artists Guild Statewide Juried Exhibition
  • September, 2013 – Featured Artist – Artlink Collectors Tour curated by Phoenix Art Museum
  • January, 2013 – The Artist by Fred Tieken voted the face of Artlink Art Detour 25, Phoenix, AZ
  • September, 2012 – Artist of the Month – Phoenix Magazine
  • June, 2012 – 100 Creatives – New Times Best of Phoenix
  • March, 2012 – Commissioned for 126 ft. public art mural “The Buzzz” , Phoenix, AZ
  • February, 2012 – Juried Member designation, Arizona Artists Guild
  • February, 2012 – Award of Merit – ASU Gammage Juried Exhibition, Tempe, AZ
  • November, 2011 – Award of Merit – Arizona Artists Guild – Fall Juried Exhibition
  • July, 2011 – 100 Creative Representations, Imagine PHX – New Times Best of Phoenix

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