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Art and Life
By Jim Dyar August 6,
If you walk into the Vintage Wine Bar (1790
Market St.) anytime between now and Aug. 29, you're going to notice an explosion
of color on the walls. This month's exhibit features the paintings of Tiger Joe Michiels, whose paintings are a
colorful reflection of his vibrant life.Michiels was born and raised in Hollywood and literally
partied with rock stars as a young man - the Beatles, Donovan, Frank Zappa. He
rode motorcycles with Steve McQueen and "The Great Escape" stuntman Bud Ekins.He spent decades traveling throughout the world with his
company, Michiels International Inc., which provided and facilitated building
products for foreign companies. He also lived and worked on ranches throughout
the West. He rode the Magdalena Trail in New Mexico.And these things, he explains, are just the tip of the
iceberg."I grew up in Hollywood, this cataclysmic epicenter of
culture, but also lived where there are no telephones and no electricity," he
said. "I've been fortunate to experience two completely different sides of
Michiels created most of the vibrant paintings on display at
Vintage (a stop on tomorrow's 2nd Saturday Art Hop) between 2000 and 2009. He
started drawing in high school, influenced by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and Von Dutch
(Kenny Howard), icon hot rod artists whom he still credits as inspirations.A self-taught artist, Michiels often starts with a realistic
image in his head, but almost never finishes there. His work includes wild,
almost maniacal mask-like faces, odes to favorite haunts like the Sunset Grill
on Sunset Strip, and Jack's Grill steakhouse in Redding.A reception for Michiels' show will take place at 6 p.m. at
Vintage on Tuesday (Aug. 11). The reception is free, and an optional $5 per
person wine tasting event will benefit the Sundial Film Festival. There will be
music by Abigail Live.If you attend, be sure to ask Michiels about sleeping in trees
during a cattle drive. It sounds like it's one of about a million great stories
from his colorful life.
Some people live life.
Others let it pass them by.
Not Tiger - he is a grab the bull by the horns just to see
what the hell happens type of a guy.
Adam and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tiger and his lovely
wife, Suzie. I see Tiger as an inspiration to artists. He has left convention in
the dust and forged ahead creating amazingly alive, vivid images that, whether
you like them or not make you stop and contemplate them and their maker. I
rarely suggest one ArtHop location over another but sometime this month you MUST
get to Vintage.
8th, 2009 at 12:50 am
Tiger - Congratulations!
Your art hung by Troy and Adam will be a show stopper. We
have been waiting for you to have a one person art exhibition in Redding for a
long time. See you on Tuesday night at The Vintage to congratulate
you in person, enjoy your dynamic art and support the benefit for the Sundial
Gwen & Gene Knaebel
8th, 2009 at 3:21 pm
I loved the show (at Art Hop this evening) but didn't get to
meet the artist. I DID get to hear a superb jazz band at Vintage. Great article,
8th, 2009 at 11:10 pm
It is so great to learn of this show and read everyone's
comments. Tiger's art is an experience I love, appreciate and will always enjoy.
Can't wait to get to Redding to see the show. Congratulations, Tiger! I am sure
there are many more shows to follow. Your baby sister.
9th, 2009 at 7:01 am
Tiger, Congratulations on the show, sorry we are not able to make it
to Redding for this event. Another chapter in your exciting life. It always makes
me proud to show off and say that I have a "Tiger Michaels" hanging in my living
room. Thanks again for the experience of knowing and sharing your life's
experiences with us. Love to you and Suzie Leo and Brenda Arendte
9th, 2009 at 11:19 am
On Art Hop night I was at Pio Loco showing with "The
Artists". Chef Jeff served a Taco Bar Buffett to the Art Hop guests upstairs and
featured a lively program by expert belly dancers downstairs.
Everyone who came in was having a wonderful evening out on
the town and had great comments about all of the art they had seen. Several were
very excited about Tiger's show at The Vintage - I can't wait to see it!
9th, 2009 at 9:38 pm
We are thrilled for you!
Bill, Rachel, Aaron & Livi
10th, 2009 at 10:27 am
I tried to hit as many ARTHOP stops as I could Saturday,
but missed Pio Loco! The band was fantastic at Vintage, and it seems I always
see someone that I know there (great job Janice!). I'm going to try to make it
tonight for the fundraiser and get another chance to check out Tiger's art.
Many thanks to everyone out there who puts so much effort
into making Redding a "happening place" to be!
11th, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Jill Sykes Wrote on Your Wall:
"Hey Tiger - big congratulations on your
Colorful Art & Life!!! what an understatement!"
Jill Sykes, Artist,