Mikey Teutul Art Review Essay

MONTGOMERY — Picasso he ain't. Yet Mikey Teutul, the goofy reality star of the Orange County Choppers television show, now has his own art gallery and studio space.

Meghan E. Murphy

MONTGOMERY — Picasso he ain't. Yet Mikey Teutul, the goofy reality star of the Orange County Choppers television show, now has his own art gallery and studio space.

The Wolf Gang Gallery held a private opening Sunday on Railroad Avenue in Montgomery. The event was filmed for "American Chopper," with Paul Teutul Jr. and the staff of his new shop attending the opening.

Mikey Teutul still appears on "American Chopper" when he visits his brother's shop. But he's been looking to do his own thing for awhile now.

"As I'm getting older, I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do with my life," Teutul said.

He began painting about a year and a half ago, just before entering a rehabilitation program. After living a partying and drinking lifestyle, painting became a therapeutic outlet and a hobby after he left the program.

Teutul's first works were portraits of cast members. Some of them were auctioned to benefit child diabetes research, with the event captured in an episode of the television show.

Teutul has also sold artwork on eBay, where he said auctions have ended up between $400 and $500. Starting a business was the next logical step, he said.

The paintings in the gallery have a higher price tag and different composition, with a Jackson Pollock flair. The space is also a studio and retail store including posters, postcards, T-shirts and mouse pads.

The store is sure to attract fans of the show to the village. Teutul said he'd also like to use his notoriety to promote other new artists who display a similar passion for their work.

"As another gallery owner, I'm excited about Mikey coming to town," said Jim Hiller of James Douglas Gallery, who helped Teutul set up the shop and hang the show.

The gallery at 40 Railroad Ave. in Montgomery is now open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A public grand opening will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 11.

mmurphy@th-record.com

UPDATE, Friday 11:08 a.m.: An earlier version of this story named Paul Teutul Jr. as the debtor filing for bankruptcy, as was listed on bankruptcy papers obtained by TheWrap. However, Teutul Jr. told TheWrap on Friday that the papers contained a “misprint” listing him as filing for bankruptcy, when it is actually his father, Paul Teutul Sr., who filed for bankruptcy. Teutul Jr. added that he is not suffering financial difficulties.

Previously…

Paul Teutul Sr. is out of gas in the financial department, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap on Thursday.

Teutul, known as the star of Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper,” filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy on Tuesday.

In the papers, Teutul, who listed his occupation as “steel fabricator” at Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, New York, claims assets of $1,801,729 and liabilities of $1,070,893.44, as well as a tax debt of $51,230.98.

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Among the property listed by Teutul is a home in Montgomery, New York, worth $1,800,000, as well as three cars, “one old desktop,” “a few old pistols” and four dogs, described as “pets.”

“American Chopper” initially ran on Discovery from 2003 to 2010, though a revival of the reality series is expected to premiere this year.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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