Garvin Arts

For many years, I've had stories unfolding in my imagination that wanted a life outside myself; to exist independent of me. When the story convinces me sufficiently, I submit as a drawing instrument serving the will of the narrative. My aim is to let the story dictate how to achieve its desired path. I always begin, with pencil on paper, to draw the eyes of a character. If the eyes are sincere, its face will be revealed. The process continues until the character is born. I use pencil drawing, oil painting, photography and the computer to create these compositions. 

About the Artwork

The Process

I first create each element separately. With a mechanical pencil, I draw each character on pieces of paper. These drawings are digitally scanned into the computer. Using Photoshop, I enhance each character to give them color and texture.

Next, I arrange the layout I’ve imagined. I photograph, draw and paint landscapes to set the tone and the environment.

After the image is complete, it is meticulously color graded.

Archival Printing

Giclee print, using archival inks on acid free paper. Certified to last 100 years!

Secure Shipping Methods

USPS Priority Mail  in the continental USA. USPS First Class or Priority Mail for International Orders.

Artworks are shipped in heavy duty cardboard tube with extra care to ensure worry free delivery.



Surrealist Art Show

Kennedy Gallery

February 4 - March 8, 2020

See the work of three surrealist artists from Sacramento. The Second Saturday artshow is on Saturday February 8!


Journey of Hope

Crocker Art Museum

November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020

Sacramento Fine Arts Center

October 29 - November 17, 2019

Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

October 5 - 23, 2019

Real Life Stories of Living with Mental Health Challenges Portrayed through Art.


Apothic Heart Tattoo Collective

December 8 -31, 2018

A variety of excellent artists are show cased on the walls of the tattoo collective.


Oceans Alive

Kennedy Gallery

August 9 - September 10, 2018

Visit the Coral Reefs of Hawaii to the shores of California and beyond, in a multi-media show featuring regional award winning artists. Discovery and limitless adventure await audiences at this month's exhibit. Witness rare treasures from fantastical mermaids and sea creatures to realistic underwater landscapes!


The Mechanics of Creation

California State Fair

July 18-21, 2018

Garvin Tieseler returns to the CA Fine Arts Building. This year, Garvin has created a selection of images for coloring. Kids of all ages are invited to use color pencils to make their own masterpieces. This is a great way to introduce them to the world of bizarre world of surrealism.


The Mechanics of Creation

California State Fair

July 26, 2017

Garvin Tieseler, a Sacramento artist known for his unusual images, shares his methodology. He creates characters and design element using traditional artist techniques; pencil drawing, photography and oil painting to create his provocative visions. Come by the CA Fine Arts Building to experience The Mechanics of Creation.


Blue Line Arts                 

July 21 - August 19, 2017

I am displaying Afterlife at this exhibition. The 3rd Saturday Art Reception takes place on Saturday, August 19th from 6 – 8:30 pm.

405 Vernon Street #100 Roseville, CA


Oddtropolis! Art festival of the awesomely strange 

June 10, 2017

Get ready for an evening of big, bold and bizarre art at The Midway for “Oddtropolis” a Festival of the Awesomely Strange. Expect to see the strange, the beauty and the madness in photography, paintings, strange things in jars and more.


Waking Dream

Kennedy Gallery 

October 8 - 31, 2016

This month, Garvin Tieseler is the featured artist at the Kennedy Gallery.

Waking Dream is a dark and twisted ride inhabited by creatures and miscreants. In this show, frames and mattes are replaced by boxes and resin, creating a vivid presentation.

Garvin Tieseler


Garvin Tieseler, the Visual Artist who creates from his nightmares – interview

November 12, 2018

Cultartes webzine link

"I met Garvin online, on Facebook, through his art. I found it fascinating and in direct connection with the unconscious, which is one of the parts of the human psyche I most love because it holds the keys for knowledge and change. Because I like to share what touches and changes me with others, it only seemed natural to contact and interview him."

Garvin Tieseler featured in New Element Art

September 22, 2016

Is this Real? Are we Breathing? Living…Being……

Or Surreal? Just thoughts? Drowning………Dreaming…

These words drift through my mind as I reflect on the recent works of Garvin Tieseler.

New Element Art


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