Tempe Artist Tyson Krank: 100 Creatives

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Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 28. Tyson Krank.

Tyson Krank's up to a whole lot besides beer slinging.

You might spot the 27-year-old Tempe-based artist bar tending at arty nightlife establishment Lost Leaf, but in his off-hours he's in the midst of preparing for two upcoming exhibitions -- including one that opens at Lost Leaf in September.

See also: Phoenix Designer Brian Cresson: 100 Creatives

The exhibition is the painter's second in the past two years at Lost Leaf. And in October, the Palabra Collective member will show at the group's UNION at the Biltmore pop-up gallery.

Beyond that, the creative says that he's looking forward to developing a more interactive manner of displaying his paintings. "It's always been a dream to get people to experience what I do," Krank says. "I think 2015 will be a great year to start the process and put into effect the think I've been planing."

Stay tuned.

I came to Phoenix with my father who owned a semi precious stone business called Fox Tibetan Turquoise.

I make art because I have always enjoyed making things or crafting in general. I think once I found a process I became totally addicted to painting. It has become such a huge part of who I am that I can't really imagine not making stuff.

I'm most productive when I have a show coming up or like right now I have three shows lined up in the next three months plus working on a few murals. I pretty much paint or draw or make something everyday. But I tend to jam out work when I'm in over my head.

My inspiration wall is full of my dad's work, mountains, future concept drawings, and photos of things i wish i could paint.

I've learned most from doing, the more I do the more I learn.

Good work should always be something that you had fun making and it should always push you to evolve what you are doing.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more collectives that bring people together, to share ideas, to colaborate. The elitist attitude sucks, and although I haven't really been a victim, I see it happen and it's not really cool. I love meeting people with new ideas.

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick 47. Constance McBride 46. James D. Porter 45. Allyson Boggess 44. Abigail Lynch 43. Ashley Cooper 42. Jaclyn Roessel 41. Brandon Boetto 40. Melissa Dunmore 39. Gavin Sisson 38. Rossitza Todorova 37. Monica Robles 36. Josh Kirby 35. Jesse Perry 34. Yai Cecream 33. Nathan Blackwell 32. Carley Conder 31. Ben Willis 30. Nicole Michieli 29. Brian Cresson

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