FRED TIEKEN: YOUNG AT HEART AND COLORING THE ART WORLD
Fred Tieken is an accomplished artist whose artwork is expressionistic in style, highlighting personal subjects and experiences through irony and wit. Taking cues from street art, Tieken’s work creates an explosion of color using subjects subtly abstracted and brought to life with a bold color palette and heavy outlining of figures and words.
When asked about his work Tieken states that “painting is like baring his soul to the world.” This level of emotional commitment comes vividly across in his work. Reminiscent of Basquiat, his paintings are mesmerizing, offering striking imagery filled with great emotion and an intimacy that’s truly refreshing and genuine. “I create colorful paintings that are often peppered with shrewd observations, wry social commentary and smart symbolism,” says Tieken.
SERENE SCENES: CYNDY CARSTENS CAPTURES THE BEAUTY OF NATURE IN HER PAINTINGS
Painter Cyndy Carstens uses vibrant colors and intriguing compositions to lend a fresh perspective to landscapes and skies, including those of the Southwest. Whether it's a fiery sky or a striking panorama of the Southwest, she aims to "construct visual realities and bring to the forefront an awareness of our endangered humanity and the vulnerabilities of our environment."
Her paintings evoke a sense of light and serenity while exploring space and time. Moreover, they offer insight into the sublime nature existing beyond the city, yet Carstens' use of color is more subjective and expressive of the artist's relationship with nature.
INFLUX: CYCLE 6 SCOTTSDALE PUBLIC ART ACTIVATES STOREFRONTS WITH ART AND INTRIGUE
Throughout select locations in Scottsdale (and beyond), passersby can enjoy the latest in an art installation series titled IN FLUX. Launched in 2010 by Scottsdale Public Art, IN FLUX activates vacant storefronts with art installations created by local artists. The current installation is known as IN FLUX Cycle 6.
In Scottsdale, these exciting installtions – ranging in mediums from painting to sculpture and mixed media – can be seen at Marshall Square, Scottsdale Fashion Square, The Pavillions at Talking Stick and Miller Plaza, highlighting work from an impressive list of artists, which includes: Chelsea Bighorn, Jeffrey DaCosta, Malena Barnhart, Linda Enger, Xandriss, Danielle Wood, Elijah Bourque, Matthew Briggs, Garrett Johnson, and Luke Kautz.
“In Flux brings together art, economic development, and property management organizations throughout the greater Phoenix area to provide opportunities for Arizona artists to create site-specific temporary public art installations in a wide variety of locations,” states In Flux.