Artist Greg “Craola” Simkins’ Storybook Surrealism
“It just seems to be something that I always did,” says Greg “Craola” Simkins. “It was always in me.”
Simkins is seated at a table in the Torrance studio that he shares with three other exceptional artists, painters Bob Dob and Graham Curran, and digital sculptor Kevin Pasko. Tattoos and ear piercings might lead one to think otherwise, but there is a focused, gee-whiz kind of boyishness about Simkins. He’s telling me that he can’t ever remember a time when he wasn’t drawing and making art.
Like many other children growing up in the South Bay, Simkins was absorbed by early morning cartoons. He cites “Popeye” as one example, and the show’s moderator, Tom Hatten, who encouraged kids at home to sit and draw. Not that Simkins needed much urging. He’d pass the time sitting at a table, drawing on the butcher paper that his parents unrolled for him. Read more...
Photo by Brent Broza (BrozaPhoto.com)
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I wanted to say thank you to everyone who attended my seminar at @33third on Saturday in in Los Angeles. It was great meeting all of you and thanks for putting up with my rambling. I hope I was able to share some new techniques with you… #And pleasedontkickkittensIwasjust kidding #Trekell #craola #33third
By Alex Pardee
18” x 24”
Acrylic on wood
During the Vietnam War, on an off-record mission in the jungles of Saigon to locate a rumored village filled with mystics and witch doctors, infantryman Frank Carroll stepped on a concealed land mine, losing part of his torso and the top half of his head, and was left, dead in the jungle, until one of the same mystics he was searching for brought him back from the dead and gave him immortality and two sightseeing serpents to guide him. The full story will be up soon.
Meanwhile, this painting will be on display on Jan 9th at SPOKE ART IN SAN FRANCISCO as part of the SupersonicElectronic show in SF. Thanks for watching. Now it’s time for immense push ups over a bowl of warm fruity pebbles.
I have always believed that it is important to show appreciation towards those who have imparted knowledge to us, and in my case the example of my good friend Axis and his generous nature of handing down skills he learned through painting, set me off on my own path many years ago. I made this painting for him because of our shared love for this cartoon “Owl Jolson” and also his masterful handling of a Guitar. Follow @axisvalhalla and enjoy this little diddy that is going to repeat in your ears all day after you hear it once;) done with @trekell_art_supplies #trekell #yourenextgunnar
Happy New Years folks! Lookin forward to 2014! Stay safe tonight