Angel Strehlen - Modern Artist 

Born in 1960 in Vancouver to a Communist mother and Nazi father. Began drawing at 3, sewing at 10, and painting at 13. Won first prize in Elementary School for a Santa Claus illustration for the cover of the school magazine. 

Started yoga practice at age 11. Left home at age 14. Attended high school specifically for a calligraphy teacher. Started a  three year long leatherworking apprenticeship with Keith Gage-Cole at 17. Met future tattoo teacher, Zain from Universal Tattoo. Began modern dance practice with Constantine Darling and Lynda Raino. Lived illegaly in an art studio run by a Lesbian collective. Fell in love with K. C. Tebbutt and lived together, got pregnant, separated and moved into a hippy communal house. Opened first gallery “Gallerie Untitled” in Victoria, representing artists like Norval Morrisseau, and Jack Wise. Had busy graphic arts practice. First solo show at the Studio One Gallery in Victoria in 1982. Began teaching calligraphy at community centers. Participated in several group shows with Miles Lowry and other artists. Worked all kinds of McJobs to survive including tree planting, tattooist, waitress, dog trainer, truck driver, mental health worker, picture framer, landscaping, home support, retail, marijuana grower, art instructor, etc. Attended two classes at E.C.C.A.D., color theory and Art History, getting high marks. Won honorable mention at the Sechelt Art show 1992. Sold “Mary Jane Jackson” to the Sechelt Indian Band. Opened second gallery, Art m Us, in Victoria, showing works of Joe Average, and other artists. 1996 started tattoo apprenticeship. Relocated to Vancouver, opened first tattoo shop at 46 Kingsway. Closed shop after three years, began working in SPFX with Toby Lindala. Took hiatus for family until 2010. Opened second tattoo shop/art gallery at 752 Broadway, Vancouver. Had one person show at the Britannia Gallery. Once again, closed shop to help family until 2020.

2021, reopened studio/gallery, began creation of Arresting Artists series.

Education 

1999 - 2003

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2003 - 2007

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Awards 

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Exhibitions 

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