Art lovers across Los Angeles, Southern California, and the world are now able to witness the much-anticipated opening of Greg “Craola” Simkins’ newest solo show, Cloud Theory. Opening at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Craola’s work has never ceased to amaze: his surreal mix of birds, clouds, tentacled creatures, killer whales, tigers and otherworldly mythical creatures jump off the canvases and into your eyeballs, as if they were alive.
His paintings take you on an incredible journey through their fluid mix of fairytale, fantasy, mischief, and real life. His creatures are doing the most fascinating things: bluejays sitting perched atop the clouds, small fish floating about, and a little masked man humbly enjoying the scenery. Other aspects show tentacles grabbing fine porcelain and lady bugs climbing where they probably shouldn’t belong, while all the while his attention to detail keeps you squarely focused on each tiny feature.
Check out a preview of his solo show below, and head over to his site: Im Scared for news and shopping opportunities.
Make sure to check out the video Juxtapoz put together of Craola in action:
Greg Craola Simkins
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
Through May 19, 2012