In L.A.: Merry Karnowsky Gallery "SUMMER SESSIONS: LIVE PAINTING"

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. 

"I'm Scared" A Stop-Motion Film from Greg "Craola" Simkins on Kickstarter

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." 

What's The Time?: Craola on the Beastie Boys

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..."

In L.A.: Greg 'Craola' Simkins @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 10, 2013
This past weekend we stopped by Merry Karnowsky Gallery for the opening of Greg ‘Craola’ Sminkins latest exhibition, “Stop Haunting Me, 20 Years.” As the gallery notes, "In this latest exhibition, Simkins’ dream creations have awoken, fully conscious and yet confined to two-dimensional canvas and paper surfaces. The bulk of their animal shapes are closely entwined in phantasmagorical scenes laced with rich narrative and haunting personification." Photos and more after the jump…

Preview: Greg "Craola" Simkins "Stop Haunting Me" @ Merry Karnowsky, LA

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 01, 2013
We just got a message from our good friend, and former cover artist, Greg "Craola" Simkins about his new show, Stop Haunting Me, that opens this Saturday, April 6 at Merry Karnowsky in LA. The show will feature a series of new paintings and never-before-seen prints. As Craola told us, " As I painted my pieces for this exhibit, two themes kept reoccurring to me. My twentieth year anniversary of writing graffiti under the name 'Craola"', which I began in 1993, was approaching. It is unbelievable that it is 2013 already. I blinked and 20 years flew by."

Video: Craola, Tyke Witnes, Dabs, & Myla in Miami

Graffiti // Friday, December 21, 2012
LRG continues its Artist Driven series this time documenting a collaborative wall between artists, Craola, Tyke Witnes, Dabs, and Myla, at Art Basel in Miami this year.

New Greg "Craola" Simkins x Trekell Brush Set

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Former Juxtapoz cover artist Greg "Craola" Simkins has released his 3rd custom brush set through Trekell & Co, Inc. This new set includes a dagger brush which is essential for all of your lettering needs. All 9 brushes in this set are made from golden taklon and have been designed by the artist himself. Each set includes an insert explaining what Greg uses each brush for. Available for purchase through Trekell.com. Watch the video after the jump . . .

Dabs x Myla x Craola x Witnes in Miami

Street Art // Monday, December 10, 2012
Dabs, Myla, Craola, and Witness teamed in painting this large character-based mural in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. Notice the three-eyed meat clever wielding crayon! Painted for the kids and the older kids who never grew up.

Pardee's Pick: The Art of Ransom & Mitchell

Juxtapoz // Sunday, October 14, 2012
Inquiring about just HOW sculptor/production designer Stacey Ransom and portrait photographer Jason Mitchell create the imaginative "surreality" that they do is like asking David Blaine how he pulls autographed money out of his belly button. There's no answer or method that could satisfy the question.

The Art of Craola

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 13, 2012
I admired Greg "Craola" Simkins' art even when said art consisted of working at a video game company ten years ago rendering patches of snow for twelve hours a day...
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