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. 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 is opening a new gallery in Los Angeles chinatown with an opening reception being held on October 21, 2017.