Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In his latest solo exhibition, Where Am I, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins creates mythical landscapes inspired by childhood curiosity and awe. The title is a nod to Simkin’s Graffiti roots as a part of WAI and can also read as a dual reaction to entering fantastical lands bewildering and unknown. Simkin’s paints a world he calls ‘The Outside,’ an uninhibited setting where reveries hit the canvas at full speed. Anthropomorphized animals and fanciful critters explore and rebel on a grand scale in an alternate reality where fish fly and birds can swim.
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 13, 2015
It’s been a pleasure getting to know this artistic super duo over the past seven years, and I’ve just plain been impressed with them as people—and not just for their koala-jitsu skills. We recently sat down in my studio to catch up and got to talking about everything from the sets they’re designing for the MTV Movie Awards to traveling the world painting large-scale murals. I really can’t thank Dabs and Myla enough for saving me that day.
Graffiti // Saturday, August 09, 2014
We were invited by 2Shae to come kick it while him, Craola, 7Seas, and Plek painted a wall in Redondo Beach. Check out some shots of them in action and the final pieces.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 19, 2014
Years ago, a group of 14 different artists started out as strangers living in all different parts of the world. Through various incidents, these strangers became friends. And after these friends fed off of each other's creativity, imagination and passion for years, these friends became...ZEROFRIENDS.
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2014
“Good Knight” is the latest series from Craola, revisting the fears and curiosities of childhood, dragging them from dreamland into reality. Video, photos and more after the jump..
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 19, 2014
And finally, the art. We are so proud of all the artwork that is on exhibit in "Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine," open at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC through June 14, 2014. It blows our mind that we are now two decades old, but what is even more amazing are all the artists that have been in our pages over those years. Their works tell the story, create the chance to document alternative art narratives, bring out the fans, bring out the collectors, and keep the creative energy of Juxtapoz alive. Here, then, is all the art in "Art Truancy."
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 12, 2014
MKG is proud to present Good Knight, a solo exhibition by former Juxtapoz cover artist (and participating artist in "Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 years of Juxtapoz Magazine" at Jonathan LeVine Gallery starting May 15) Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins. In this latest series of paintings Simkins revisits the fears and curiosities of childhood, dragging them from dreamland into reality.
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 30, 2013
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, LAUNCH (producers of TARFEST), and District La Brea, closed out the District La Brea summer block party series with a live painting event Featuring some of LA's top artists : CRAOLA / AXIS / devNgosha / Edward Walton Wilcox / Britt Ehringer + NAMAAK collective / KMNDZ and special guest artist Nunca from Brazil. Each artist created hand painted murals on 10ft x 25ft - 300ft wide wooden barricades, which stretch out over 500 feet along the West side of La Brea Avenue between 1st and 2nd Street.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 13, 2013
We just got a message from our good friend Greg 'Craola' Simkins, a past cover artist with the magazine, about a new Kickstarter project he just opened up (and its kicking ass by the way). The project is to help raise funds for Craola's first stop motion animated short film, "I'm Scared."
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
All month, we have been asking artists what their favorite Beastie Boys' memories are in conjunction with our June 2013 Beastie Boy issue. Today, we ask former cover artist, Greg "Craola" Simkins. "When I was a young kid, I had to hide my Licensed to Ill cassette and me and my buddies would listen to turned down to a whisper. Flash forward years later and a vinyl version of 'Same Old Bullshit' fell in my hands and 'Egg Raid on Mojo' screamed into my already Descendents/ FYP/Jawbreaker obsessed mind and I couldn't believe it was the same band..."