20 Questions with GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 04, 2009
If you love Craola (Juxtapoz #74) (or if we’re going by big kid names, Greg Simkins) like we do, you may not any more after reading our 20 Questions with the artist. Here, he confesses he kills polar bears “with my bear hands.” Jeez, what a monsta. Just kidding. Greg is a great guy and an even better artist, so we took the opportunity to lay on him our 20 questions right before tomorrow's opening of his next solo show, Seeing Things, at FIFTY24SF Gallery. Get to know one of the most influential illustrators/painters working today by reading Greg Craola Simkins 20 questions.

Get to Know Greg 'Craola' Simkins before His Solo Opens this Thursday

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Just before the Thursday opening of Greg 'Craola' Simkins' (Juxtapoz #74) new show, Seeing Things, at FIFTY24SF Gallery, Walrus TV has released a 5-part interview feature with the artist. The interview feature covers topics ranging from Simkins’ work for the Tony Hawk 2X video game, his Walrus vinyl figure for Upper Playground, meeting Stan Lee, and the role of good/evil in his works. Heck yeah, we’ve been meaning to ask him about all that evil (and good) in his work. Part one is above, part two below and we’ve got the last three on lock right this way…

Preview to Craola's "Seeing Things"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 29, 2009
Craola (Juxtapoz #74) allowed Arrested Motion get a sneak peak of his upcoming show, Seeing Things, opening at FIFTY24SF Gallery next week, Thursday, February 5th, 2009. The video gives a quick behind the scenes view of Craola's in-progress work; just watch the volume if you're at work. Craola likes loud music, but your boss may not. Seeing Things will be on display from February 5th through the 26th, 2009. Come join us in seeing the increbibly detailed and metaphorical new works of the infamous Craola. More info on Greg "Craola" Simkins at www.imscared.com

Craola is "Seeing Things"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2009
Craola (Juxtapoz #74) is seeing things. And that’s probably a good thing, as it means he will have a fantastic new set of artwork to show off next month in San Francisco. Greg "Craola" Simkins, the man that has single-handedly influenced a generation of burgeoning artists with his highly stylized and detailed (and highly bugged out) painting will be showing off his latest work in a solo show titled Seeing Things at FIFTY24SF Gallery, opening Thursday February 5th, 2009. Seeing Things will remain on display from February 5th through the 26th, 2009. Come join us in seeing the beautiful and (hopefully) weird new works of the infamous Craola. Sober or not, you’re bound to see something great. More info on Greg "Craola" Simkins at www.imscared.com

Photos: Jeff Soto's Riverside Museum Opening of "Turning In Circles"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Unless you’ve camped out under a rock for the past few months, you already know that Jeff Soto’s first museum exhibition, Turning In Circles, opened with a reception this weekend at Southern California’s Riverside Art Museum. This exhibit marks a major feat, for not only for our friend Soto but for the entire world of contemporary art, as being awarded such a major showing rarely happens in the ever-expanding and fiercely competitive world of museum art for “pop surrealist” painters. This ain’t no small gallery space, this is the real museum deal. Soto graces the Riverside Museum walls with approximately 20 new paintings and a large 50-foot wall installation, transforming the exhibition space into his signature colorful and surreal fantasy land. Fellow artist Nathan Spoor attended the opening and passed some photos of the evening and Turning In Circles our way, which you need to see right here.

New Anthony Lister Street Art

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 08, 2008
Anthony Lister (Juxtapoz #81) recently dropped this bit of clever artistic greatness on the world, utilizing background structures to create a 'crown' for the newest Lister lady. Those Australians are so clever. You’ll get a chance to see Lister’s newest works soon enough in a dual solo show at FIFTY24SF Gallery, as Lister will exhibit there alongside Greg “Craola” Simkins in February 2009. We cannot wait to see what they both come up with. In the meantime, hit up anthonylister.com for more.

Upper Playground Volume II: 10 Years of Artistic Endeavors

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 25, 2008
To commemorate its upcoming 10-Year Anniversary, Upper Playground has released Upper Playground Volume II, a catalog detailing projects, artists and behind the scenes shots from 10 Years of Upper Playground’s artistic endeavors.  From vinyl toys to custom-made furniture, Upper Playground’s extensive product offerings are highlighted in Volume II.  And, because of its relationship with FIFTY24SF Gallery, Upper Playground Volume II also features many of the artists that have showed at the FIFTY24SF Gallery including:  David Choe, Alex Pardee, David Ellis, Doze Green (pages shown below) Ben Eine, Basco, Usugrow, Saber, Retna, Date Farmers, Estevan Oriol, Craola, Slick, Armsrock, Anthony Lister, Lucy McLauchlan, Ben Tour, Herbert Baglione, D*Face, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, and cameos by Too $hort and Fillmore Slim. Yeah, just a few, slightly important artists.   If you weren’t able to come to any of the shows, or see any of their dope products, this is a great way to catch a glimpse and grab a small slice of Upper Playground history. Upper Playground Volume II is available for purchase at Upper Playground stores or online here.

Jeff Soto is "Turning In Circles" at the Riverside Art Museum

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 20, 2008
Jeff Soto will soon have you Turning In Circles at the Riverside Art Museum. In his first museum exhibition, on display December 2, 2008 - February 21, 2009, Soto will show off his paintings from the last 12 months. With approximately 20 new paintings and a large 50-foot wall installation, this promises to be an exhibit that will rock the Southern California town of Riverside. Learn more on Turning In Circles at riversideartmuseum.org More on Jeff Soto at jeffsoto.com

Greg "Craola" Simkins: "It Wanders West, Part Two"

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 27, 2008
The ridiculously talented and imaginative  Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins (Juxtapoz #74) is bringing his work back to California! It Wanders West, Part Two of the It Wanders collection from Simkins will be revealed on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight in Los Angeles. Here, Simkins will also release another limited edition print on canvas from this amazing collection.  More details will be announced soon, but in the meantime, hit up imscared.com to see more of Simkins’ dope work.

Greg 'Craola' Simkins & David Choong Lee at Joshua Liner

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 19, 2008
If you haven’t yet gotten the chance to check out Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins’ (Juxtapoz #74) It Wanders East and David Choong Lee's (Juxtapoz #86) Village of Wind exhibits now on display at New York City’s Joshua Liner Gallery, that’s really too bad because both these artists truly stepped it up a notch in both their respective shows. We recently got a chance to see both shows, and Simkins’ meticulously detail-oriented work makes us feel like we’re in a magical world filled with mysterious old friends, while Lee’s 3D boxes are truly a sight to behold- he basically had to paint five paintings for each piece! Needless to say, if you’re in the NYC area, make sure to stop by Chelsea and check it all out before it ends on October 4th, 2008- or cheat and take a peek at these two great videos (Simkins' above, Lee below) on both artists.  


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