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

  • 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

  • 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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