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, Mr. 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 such as Baselitz, Schnabel and Basquiat as influences, Mr. 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), Mr. 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.
The gallery is located at 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York.
“Portal of Enigma: Abstract Art in NYC” features artists who have abstracted and rebuilt the worlds around them in sharp, poignant satires, high-energy color creations, or tranquil, meditative geometries. The artists, from all over the world, are chemists, sailors, musicians, ironworkers, and and more.
Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine-art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists.