"The Glass Piñata" at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

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

The Glass Piñata  Acrylic on Canvas Wrapped Panel 60” x 36” Greg "CRAOLA' Simkins, 2016

The Glass Piñata

Acrylic on Canvas Wrapped Panel
60” x 36”
Greg "CRAOLA' Simkins, 2016

ALTREALITIES: The Fantastical Worlds & Creatures of Contemporary Artists 

SEPT. 8 - NOV. 26, 2017

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

HOURS:
M-F: 10A-7P
SAT: 10A-5P
SUN: 12P-4P

Black books + Strikers

Years ago, I would spend countless hours writing and drawing in black books. I remember getting my first one when I was 17 and the possibilities were endless. It was also very important to have a good quantity of pencils, sketching markers, colored pencils and pens to make sure the pieces I put in looked sick.  These days, I still keep sketchbooks going, they mostly hold my thoughts as I jot them down messy and quickly in order not to lose them. It’s the idea that I am trying to capture and its funny but the tools are still the same and just as important. These black books prepared me for painting walls and canvases. They prepared me for laying out t-shirt graphics and rock posters. I still look through my old piece books as time capsules to where my head was at in my younger days and compare them with what I am drawing now. I will always value that first book though, it set me onto the path that I am on today.

Photo by  Brent Broza   CRAOLA  With  2SHAE ,  7SEAS , &  PLEK  Redondo Beach, CA, 2014

Photo by Brent Broza
CRAOLA With 2SHAE, 7SEAS, & PLEK
Redondo Beach, CA, 2014

FINAL WEEK to view the Heavy Metal 40th Anniversary Exhibit

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?

BACK OUTSIDE
24" x 18"
Acrylic on Canvas Wrapped Panel, Framed
Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, 2017
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HEAVY METAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Group Exhibition


On display until Saturday, August 19th
at
Copro Gallery
Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5,
Santa Monica , CA 90404

Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday: 1-6pm
(or by appointment)


Contact:
Gary Pressman, Gallery Director
copronason@msn.com or call 310-829-2156
 

NEW! "ALWAIS Watching" Dress & Duster

With Valentine's Day only 4 days away, this is a perfect gift for the ladies! Featuring "ALWAIS Watching" by Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, these dresses and dusters are shipped in a black linen presentation box with a sequentially numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each an edition of 88.  Visit This is a Limited Edition for more info.

New paintings for "All That Glitters" Holiday Exhibition & Party

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3rd, 6-10 PM
KP PROJECTS IN CHINATOWN

"ALL THAT GLITTERS"  

Holiday Exhibition & Party

JOIN US IN CELEBRATION OF THE HOLIDAYS !!

GROUP EXHIBITION
WITH LIGHT INSTALLTIONS + SPECIAL GUEST DJ FROM DUBLAB

936 MEI LING WAY, CHINATOWN PLAZA
Los Angeles, CA 90012  - (Behind Hop Louie Restaurant)

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MORE DETAILS SOON !!

The Island King 5” x 10”  Acrylic on Canvas Wrapped Pane Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, 2016

The Island King
5” x 10” 
Acrylic on Canvas Wrapped Pane
Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, 2016

"Beyond the Sea" Limited Edition Giclée

Along with the release of Beyond the Sea as a fine art sculpture comes the launch of  limIted edition giclée prints of the original painting! I am honored to have been able to do this collaboration with Silent Stage and love the pairing of these pieces.

Beyond the Sea

Giclée on 320gsm Museum Cotton Smooth Rag Paper
27 x 15 in. image size / 29 x 17 in. paper size
Signed & Numbered, Ed. of 100

$149.99

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"YELLOW" REMARQUE RELEASE + "BEYOND SHADOWS" CLOSING RECEPTION, SAT. JUNE 18th, 2-4 pm

"YELLOW", 25 x 20" IMAGE, 27.5 x 22.5" PAPER, REMARQUE GICLEE EDITION OF 50

PLEASE JOIN US FOR 

G R E G  'C R A O L A'  S I M K I N S 

CLOSING RECEPTION + SPECIAL REMARQUE PRINT RELEASE 

"Y E L L O W" 

SATURDAY, JUNE 18th, 2 - 4 pm  

FREE TO THE PUBLIC // ALL AGES // NO RSVP NECESSARY

** SIMKINS WILL BE AT THE GALLERY FROM 2-4 PM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 18th HAND DRAWING A 'REMARQUE' SKETCH ON EACH GICLEE PURCHASED  

>> Simkins will only be signing the "YELLOW" giclee at this event << 

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Now available: "Passing Notes" Limited Edition Scarf

A perfect gift for Valentine's Day - beautiful to wear and incredibly soft scarf with "Passing Notes" artwork by Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins.

This limited edition scarf is made in England, using a fabric that is knitted especially for us. They are a giant 140cm x 140cm that can be worn in a number of ways.

Each scarf is sequentially numbered, each design is a very small edition size of just 66. Available at This Is A Limited Edition.

'The Messenger' Queen West Leggings CRAOLA LTD SERIES

$100
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Stand out in a sea of black with our bold and beautiful Queen West Leggings. Comfort and fashion have finally come together and the results are fabulous. Classroom to club, boardroom to boardwalk, you can rock these with confidence wherever life takes you.

  • Featuring original artwork by Greg 'Craola' Simkins
  • A limited edition of 75 pairs will ever be produced
  • Part of the CRAOLA Collection
  • 4 way stretch for the ultimate in all-day comfort
  • Moisture transport system wicks sweat to keep you cool and dry
  • 80/20 poly-elastane blend
  • Garment runs true to size
  • Machine wash cold, hang dry
  • Made in Toronto, Canada

'Black Flash' Scuba Dress CRAOLA LTD SERIES

$250
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Hang up your little black dress and slip into an exceptional work of art. Designed meticulously inside and out, this structured body-contouring scuba dress will hug you in all the right places.

  • Featuring original artwork by Greg 'Craola' Simkins
  • A very limited edition of 50 pieces will ever be produced
  • Part of the CRAOLA Collection
  • Garment runs true to size
  • Machine wash cold, hang dry
  • Micropoly-elastane blend
  • Made in Toronto, Canada