84: Fred Tieken

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When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives .

Fred Tieken was born in rural Illinois, and by the time he was 18 years old, he was touring the Midwest with his rock 'n' roll band. After releasing several albums and tiring of life on the road, he managed and produced other musicians.

He eventually left the music business to start his own design firm in Chicago. In 1986, he and his wife Gail moved the business to Phoenix and for the next 16 years Fred worked with corporate clients and painted inside the lines.

Now retired from the business world, Fred says he's free to create artwork from his heart and record his impressions of the world around him with intensity and humor.

I came to Phoenix with . . . the frenetic energy of a fast-paced life in Chicago.

I make art because . . . it's always been my way of life.

I'm most productive when . . . I don't think too much about where my art is taking me.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . Basquiat, Warhol, Picasso, Miro, Calder, to name a few.

I've learned the most from . . . my own experiences in music, art, design and life.

Good work should always . . . inspire an emotion, be it good or bad.

The Phoenix creative scene could use . . . more collectors.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano

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