“BEYOND SHADOWS” BY GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Greg “Craola” Simkins pulls ideas from his childhood- his favorite cartoons, old comics, and vintage packaging- and ties it all together to create art that gives a feeling of being a kid again.

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In his new work “Beyond Shadows”, his creations include exotic flora and fauna hybrids, photo-realistic killer whales and blue jays, a tattooed lemon-octopus and more recognizable characters from Pop-culture.

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GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS NEW ART POSTER FOR FOO FIGHTERS

by Ariadna Zierold

Check out the new poster Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins did for the Foo Fighters for their show on August 25 on foofighters.com.

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He grew up with a menagerie of animals including a number of rabbits, which often emerge in his paintings. He began drawing at the early age of three and was inspired by various cartoons and books.

It is his careful weaving of pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch, and his warped imagination, that makes Greg Simkins a sought-after surrealist painter today.

ALWAIS WATCHING: Greg CRAOLA Simkins Closing Reception and Special Print Release

The closing reception for Greg ‘CRAOLA‘ Simkins’ solo exhibition “Where Am I” at MKGallery (Los Angeles), will include a special print release of the artist’s “ALWAIS WATCHING” painting. CRAOLA will be hand drawing a ‘Remarque’ sketch on each “ALWAIS WATCHING” giclee print purchased on Saturday, June 20th from 3 – 5 pm.

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Where Am I? by CRAOLA – Opening May 23rd 2015

“Where Am I?” by Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins opens May 23rd at 7:00pm in Los Angeles. The Solo Exhibition of original paintings, drawings, and new limited edition releases is presented by KP Projects Gallery.

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“Where Am I?”
May 23 – June 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 23rd, 7-10pm
170 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
For more information: info@mkgallery.com

Zerofriends: A Collection of Art and Madness now available at Upper Playground

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Throughout history and in fables and pop culture, every underdog has possessed a vital asset that led to success: passion. The same can be said about art and apparel brand Zerofriends. Originally a small group of imaginative artists who shared a desire to create obscure, unique, and borderline demented artwork, Zerofriends has grown into a collective whose work has gained worldwide recognition. This is due in part to the artists’ uncompromising approach to their work and the DIY operation of the business that has sprouted from the passion of the artists involved. This book showcases the artists and illustrators who have played a major role in establishing the Zerofriends brand as one of the most unique and inspiring collections in the industry. Featured artists include Alex Pardee, Tara McPherson, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Skinner, Dave Correia, Robert Bowen, Jon Wayshak, Jason Edmiston, and others.

172 Pages, Hardcover, 8 1⁄2” x 11”, 250 Illustrations

You can pick up a copy here online.

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