"The Mischief Makers"
24" x 24"
Acrylic on panel
"The Mischief Makers"
News and updates about the artwork of Greg CRAOLA Simkins, including gallery exhibits, events and new releases.
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"The Mischief Makers"
24" x 24"
Acrylic on panel
Years ago I created a character called "The Pearl Thief". He was a pointed mask and cloak wearing fiend who did the evil bidding of Jacob, "The Night Knight" in our world and in "The Outside".
Over the years, The Pearl Thief took on a persona and I discovered that Peter was his name. Like in many of my paintings, stories began bouncing through may head. I developed a fondness for a particular fox and created a back story for him, which involves a group of rascals who call themselves "Briars". They harass evil overlords and what not (much like Robin Hood and Little John) and left their mark of the Briars everywhere they went.
Well, Bags is Peter's best friend in all the mischief-making. He is a rabbit-like creature who wears masks made up of old bags to cover his scars given to him by a large wolf. A wolf that Peter in turn beats in a match known as "Peter and the Wolves". I believe that it will be Bags who introduces Ralf to the ways of "The Outside" once he returns. Bags is always on the search for his lost friend Peter, and has no idea that it is him who now works for the evil "Night Knight" in the tower. - Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins
"Bags and Friends" will be on display for the Crime on Canvas group exhibition at the Western Hotel (Downtown Las Vegas) as part of the Life is Beautiful Music Festival the weekend of September 22nd - 24th, 2017.
My painting, "The Glass Piñata" which measures 5 x 3 feet is currently on display at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
"The Glass Piñata" is the result of a couple different story elements coming together into one overall composition. I had been pondering the blissful ignorance of youth, which at times left us vulnerable to the elements and possible dangers that could be veiled as something sweet and desirable. In the background, we see three of our heroic "Scared Scouts" as they have just stumbled upon a piñata hanging from a tree, just over the wall from our world and in "The Outside". Without any concern for their safety, they seek to unleash the treasure from this Piñata made of glass which will inevitably cut their bare feet and hands upon their success. A girl sits on the wall dividing the worlds, wearing a fake smile, the graffiti on the wall beneath her reads "I told you so!". Perhaps she told them of the dangers of trying to get those toffees and properly put some boots on as an example of the right thing to do, but as boys so often do, they shrugged off her warning to be the first ones to the tree. Take a look at the painting "Shoot The Moon" to see what happens to one of these Scouts. - Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins
A popular theme with artists today is the exploration of alternate universes outside our perception of reality. Like Alice’s journey to Wonderland, these surreal landscapes and the creatures that inhabit them serve as windows into realms that feel familiar but are twisted to reveal new perspectives. AltRealities brings together artists whose work alludes to the possibility of other worlds that exist beyond our own, even if they are only imaginary.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
One East Main St
Mesa, AZ 85201
THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK to view the Heavy Metal 40th Anniversary Group Art Exhibition at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. The exhibition will be on view until Saturday, August 19th. My painting, "Back Outside" is a snapshot from my ongoing series of works from "The Outside" and pictures our hero, Ralf/The White Knight upon re-entering the world which took his friend, Jacob some time ago. He has made a couple new friends this time to help him on his journey. A bluejay named Breeze, a mischievous rabbit named Bags (who always wears a bag over his head), and a Tiger-like creature named Doc. Together, they look into the book which brought Ralf back to "The Outside". Who is the ominous creature with glowing eyes looking on in the background? Why is he back?
HEAVY METAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY
On display until Saturday, August 19th
Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5,
Santa Monica , CA 90404
Wednesday - Saturday: 1-6pm
(or by appointment)
Gary Pressman, Gallery Director
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-829-2156
I'm excited to announce my collaboration with the amazing Gentle Giant Studios and KP Projects. My character, "Lampwick" is being produced as mini bust statue and giclee print set! Why "Lampwick"? I wanted to continue the question asked in my recent No Strings exhibit, which tapped into the loss of ones' conscience and how all bad boys turn to donkeys! "Lampwick" is the perfect foil and exhibits much of the same character quirks as his pal Pinocchio from the original story. I've always been fascinated with this chap and wonder what he went on to do while Pinocchio was off saving Gepetto from Monstro?
Limited Edition Giclee Print + Mini Bust Statue Set
Print: 14" x 11" / Mini Bust Statue: 5.8” H x 2.5” W x 3” D
Limited Edition of 50
Hand Signed & Numbered by Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins
$150 for the set
Simkins will be at the Gentle Giant Studios booth# 3513 at the San Diego Comic Con (tickets required) for the special release and signing of the Lampwick limited edition print and mini bust statue sets on the following days:
Friday, July 21st from 3:30-4:30pm
Saturday, July 22nd from 12:30-1:30pm
FOR OUT OF STATE OR PRE-ORDERS, PLEASE CONTACT INFO@KPPROJECTS.NET
N O S T R I N G S
Canvas Editions, 27" x 40", Limited Edition of 5, unframed: $1125
Paper Editions, 20" x 30" image size, 25" x 35" paper size (2.5 inch border), Limited Edition of 50, unframed: $180
T R Y T O F I T I N
Canvas Editions, 30" x 30", unframed, Limited Edition of 5: $925
Paper Editions, 24" x 24" image size, 29" x 29" paper size (2.5 inch border), Limited Edition of 50, unframed: $180
:: All Editions are Hand Signed and Numbered by the Artist
:: Framing additional - contact KP Projects Gallery for more info
The next stop for the Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose traveling exhibition is the Akron Art Museum. Simkins' painting, "Killing Time" (shown left) will be on exhibit there from February 11 - May 7, 2017.
Akron Art Museum
One South High
Akron, OH 44308
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose highlights 51 remarkable contemporary artists who have been featured in the pages of the popular art magazine Hi-Fructose. Despite differing levels of recognition, all the artists have a distinctive voice and vision. They come from around the world with different perspectives and approaches to art-making. Turn the Page offers the opportunity to view their original works beyond the flat worlds of paper and digital screens, where they are most often seen.
These diverse artists each demonstrate mastery of their chosen media—their work is characterized by vividly colored imagery that is graphically and carefully rendered with high attention to detail. From oil paintings and drawings, to porcelain and bronze sculptures, to video and mixed media artworks, both new and traditional artistic processes are represented. The subjects, images and ideas expressed in these artworks, however, are decidedly contemporary, responding to the world as we see it today. Though the artworks in Turn the Page are often informed by art history, they are also equally influenced by popular culture, current politics and globalization.
Artists Represented: Jennybird Alcantara, Barnaby Barford, Chris Berens, Tim Biskup, Tiffany Bozic, Ray Caesar, Victor Castillo, Beth Cavener, Kevin Cyr, Wim Delvoye, Gehard Demetz, Brian Dettmer, Fulvio Di Piazza, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, AJ Fosik, Camille Rose Garcia, Jeremy Geddes, Sam Gibbons, Femke Hiemstra, Scott Hove, James Jean, Audrey Kawasaki, Josh Keyes, Kris Kuksi, Travis Louie, Kate MacDowell, MARS-1, Marco Mazzoni, Brian McCarty, Tara McPherson, Scott Musgrove, Yoshitomo Nara, Lisa Nilsson, Olek, Parra, Marion Peck, Jean-Pierre Roy, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Tracey Snelling, Jeff Soto, Kazuki Takamatsu, Gary Taxali, Mark Dean Veca, Nicola Verlato, Wayne White, Kehinde Wiley, Martin Wittfooth and Erwin Wurm.
"ALL THAT GLITTERS"
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