SPECIAL RELEASE: "Crimson" Monsta & "No Strings" Solo Exhibition TOMORROW

I'm very excited about my new solo exhibit, NO STRINGS which opens this Saturday. It's been a long but fun process of creating this brand new body of work! Don't forget that if you would like to purchase a new print from this exhibition at pre-publication price, please do so ASAP as the special pricing is only offered through 10pm on opening night.

I'm also very excited to announce the exclusive release of my "Crimson" edition Stair Monsta figure (from my stop motion short, I'm Scared: The Movie!) at the opening (see details below)!

Limited edition of 100 Stands over 10 in. tall, vinyl, window box $150 Available exclusively at KP Projects beginning Saturday, May 20th during the opening reception of:

Limited edition of 100
Stands over 10 in. tall, vinyl, window box
$150


Available exclusively at KP Projects beginning Saturday, May 20th during the opening reception of:

G R E G  ' C R A O L A '  S I M K I N S

N O  S T R I N G S

OPENING RECEPTION : SATURDAY, MAY 20th, 7-10 pm

RSVP ESSENTIAL TO :  RSVP@KPPROJECTS.NET
~ GUEST LIST AT THE DOOR ~

::  TO BE ADDED TO THE COLLECTOR'S PREVIEW LIST CONTACT
PREVIEW@KPPROJECTS.NET

:: TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT NEW PRINT RELEASES CONTACT
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No Strings 72" x 108" Acrylic on canvas Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, 2017

No Strings
72" x 108"
Acrylic on canvas
Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, 2017

Collectors Pre-Publication Print Release - SPECIAL PRICE for a LIMITED TIME

G R E G  'C R A O L A'  S I M K I N S

NEW PRINT RELEASES
from "No Strings" Solo Exhibition

** SPECIAL PRE-PUBLICATION PRICING THROUGH 10PM ON OPENING NIGHT, SATURDAY MAY 20th **

PRE ORDERS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED : CONTACT INFO@KPPROJECTS.NET TO RESERVE

N O  S T R I N G S

(5) Canvas Editions, 27" x 40", unframed Pre-Publication Price: $1025 / public retail $1125
(3) AP Canvas Editions,  27" x 40" unframed Pre-Publication Price : $1075 / public retail $1175

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(50) Paper Editions, 20" x 30" image size, 25" x 35" paper size (2.5 inch border), unframed
Pre-Publication Price: $150 / public retail $180

(10) AP Paper Editions, 20" x 30" image size, 25" x 35"  paper size (2.5 inch border), unframed
Pre-Publication Price: $175 / public retail $205

:: All Editions are Hand Signed and Numbered by the Artist
:: Framing additional -
contact KP Projects Gallery for more info


T R Y  T O  F I T  I N

(5) Canvas Editions, 30" x 30", unframed Pre-Publication Price: $825 public retail $925
(3) AP Canvas Editions,  30" x 30" unframed Pre-Publication Price : $875 / public retail $975

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(50) Paper Editions, 24" x 24" image size, 29" x 29" paper size (2.5 inch border), unframed
Pre-Publication Price: $150 / public retail $180

(10) AP Paper Editions, 24" x 24" image size, 29" x 29"  paper size (2.5 inch border), unframed
Pre-Publication Price: $175 / public retail $205


:: All Editions are Hand Signed and Numbered by the Artist
:: Framing additional - contact KP Projects Gallery for more info

"No Strings" Solo Exhibit opens Saturday, May 20th

No Strings 72" x 108" Acrylic on canvas Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, 2017

No Strings
72" x 108"
Acrylic on canvas
Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, 2017

G R E G  ' C R A O L A '  S I M K I N S

N O  S T R I N G S

OPENING RECEPTION : SATURDAY, MAY 20th, 7-10 pm

RSVP ESSENTIAL TO :  RSVP@KPPROJECTS.NET
~ GUEST LIST AT THE DOOR ~

::  TO BE ADDED TO THE COLLECTOR'S PREVIEW LIST CONTACT
PREVIEW@KPPROJECTS.NET

:: TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT NEW PRINT RELEASES CONTACT
INFO@KPPROJECTS.NET

KP PROJECTS GALLERY: 170 S. LA BREA AVE, LOS ANGELES CA 90036
 323.933.4408 // KPPROJECTS.NET


KP Projects is proud to present Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins’ 6th solo show with the gallery entitled "NO STRINGS".

No Strings presents another fantastical journey into Simkins’ mystical land, “The Outside.” Simkins’ notorious cast of characters and fairytale creatures invite us to escape the daunting realities and responsibilities of our current world and embrace the unknown.

Symbolically presenting us with the gift of transport, animal spirit guides present black and white striped gift boxes as portals into Simkins’ other worlds. Reappearing throughout the narratives, scissors also represent cutting ties to the real world. And yet, there is still uncertainty about finding our way on these adventures – What if our problems are mirrored in this alternate existence? As parallels to the real word, fairy tales have always served as moral lessons for children and adults alike, and Simkins’ narratives are no exception. His unique blend of Storybook and Pop Surrealism combines the charm and innocence of Disney with the mischievous and cautionary undertones of original 18th and 19th century fables.

A nod to the classic story Pinocchio, Simkins’ new body of work acknowledges the dark origins of Carlo Collodi’s original tale and the hopefully optimistic Disney version. Adapting a new perspective on these two renditions, Simkins highlights the adventurous and redemptive aspects of learning through mistakes and staying true to oneself. Through the lushly rich visuals of expansive imagination, Simkins’ reinterpretation of both the classic and contemporary adds a new twist in painterly form.

Expressing a range of emotions, Pinocchio’s face in the title piece, No Strings, is an allusion to emotional duality through the use of theater masks, referencing the ancient Roman god Janus. As the god of beginnings, passages, and endings, Janus is often depicted as having two faces, looking to the future and to the past. This reflects our inner struggle with self-exploration and the multitude of emotions within our own psyche. In all versions of the fairytale, Pinocchio spends his life trying to become a real boy, to exist in the real world, and cuts his puppet strings to do so. As a wooden puppet in “The Outside” world of Simkins’, Pinocchio has cut his strings but remains in his whimsical world – uncertain if reality is truly a better place for him. The trials and tribulations within each of these narratives entreats us to trust in our instincts and learn from our mistakes as we keep adventure and dreams alive.

“In painting this show, I found myself examining my own life and insecurities while looking at my role as a father and seeing my sons make choices and their repercussions. I feel like I am always battling becoming one of those boys who were turned into donkeys on Pleasure Island. These childhood stories, along with a brush loaded with paint have assisted me as I navigate through these paths and try to save the strings which knit me to my own conscience.”

Greg Simkins was born in 1975 in Torrance, California. At age 3 his early attempts at drawing were inspired by various cartoons and later books such as Watership Down by Richard Adams, and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. At the age of 18, Simkins started doing graffiti under the pseudonym “CRAOLA.” Graffiti became his impetus for painting and gave him the confidence to pursue large painterly works. 

In 1999 Simkins received his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach, and in 2005, after some time working as an illustrator, Simkins pursued his desire to paint full time. He has since been featured in numerous group and sold out solo exhibitions. His collaboration list includes, among others, Disney, Mattel, Juxtapoz, Logitech, Vans, Converse, Electronic Arts (EA), Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Blink-182, Upper Playground, To Die For Clothing, and Dark Horse. Simkins’ artwork currently appears in galleries throughout the world. 

NEW PRINTS! "In High Places" & "The Efrafan"

I am very excited to be releasing two new prints this month. The Efrafan is inspired by my favorite book from my childhood, Watership Down which is also about to be premiered as a mini series on Netflix. 

In High Places is about the strange places our minds go when daydreaming. For some reason the pictures in my head always end up in some sort of twisted victorian fantasy realm full of birds and strange creature interactions - I'm happy to let it go there, but am always a bit curious myself on why this place exists for me.

Last week for 20% off the CRAOLA Collection

This is the last week to get 20% off Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins' limited edition collection at NuvangoEnter code 'CRAOLA20' for 20% off all Craola pieces upon checkout at Nuvango.

*Code expires midnight (est) on Friday March 31, 2017. 

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Artist Feature: Greg 'Craola' Simkins

In this interview by our collaborators at Gelaskins, Simkins answers 10 Questions to give us all a glimpse into what makes him tick, how he works and how he got to where he is. Gelaskins is offering 20% off Craola's whole GelaSkins collection using the code ‘CRAOLA20’ at checkout at gelaskins.com. The code is valid from until March 31/2017 midnight EST. Shop his full collection here. Read on for their rapid fire interview with Craola→

(Craola at Work, Photo Credit: Brent Broza)

(Craola at Work, Photo Credit: Brent Broza)

Watch "I'm Scared: The Movie!" online!

We are proud to announce that our 5 minute animated short @imscaredthemovie directed by @Petewlevin, scored by @Markhoppus and @jamesisntcool and voiced by @gunnarsizemore is LIVE NOW!!!  Make sure to watch the making of video right after as well! Thanks to everyone who worked on and supported this project! For a limited time, use code IMSCARED40 at imscared.com for 40% off the movie book (the Möök), which highlights the children's story, concept art, behind the scenes, story boards, a download of the movie and more. This is a great offer and once the Mööks are gone, they are GONE!

"I'm Scared: The Movie!" Countown!

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!  Directed by#PeteLevin @petewlevin and music scored by #MarkHoppus @markhoppus and voiced by  @gunnarsizemore will be available for you to enjoy online starting March 2nd! You can show it to your little monsters who are afraid of what goes bump in the night! For a limited time, use code IMSCARED40 at imscared.com for 40% off the movie book (the Möök), which highlights the children's story, concept art, behind the scenes, story boards, a download of the movie and more. This is a great offer and once the Mööks are gone, they are GONE! Movie will be streamed at C4Toons YouTube channel!

NEW! "ALWAIS Watching" Dress & Duster

With Valentine's Day only 4 days away, this is a perfect gift for the ladies! Featuring "ALWAIS Watching" by Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins, these dresses and dusters are shipped in a black linen presentation box with a sequentially numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each an edition of 88.  Visit This is a Limited Edition for more info.

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We have BIG NEWS! Fresh off of the short film festival circuit, I'm Scared: The Movie! will finally be available for you to enjoy online starting March 2nd. You can show it to your little monsters who are afraid of what goes bump in the night! What started as a dream project made possible by many through Kickstarter, will now be enjoyed by all online. We want to thank you Kickstarter supporters for making this possible - if it wasn't for you, our little short story never would have been made. For a limited time, use code IMSCARED40 at imscared.com for 40% off the movie book (the Möök), which highlights the children's story, concept art, behind the scenes, story boards, a download of the movie and more. This is a great offer (so great, that Ted even lost his head in the below pic!) - once the Mööks are gone, they are GONE! 

TURN THE PAGE: THE FIRST 10 YEARS OF HI-FRUCTOSE EXHIBITION

The next stop for the Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose traveling exhibition is the Akron Art Museum. Simkins' painting, "Killing Time" (shown left) will be on exhibit there from February 11 - May 7, 2017.

Akron Art Museum
One South High
Akron, OH 44308

 

 

Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose highlights 51 remarkable contemporary artists who have been featured in the pages of the popular art magazine Hi-Fructose. Despite differing levels of recognition, all the artists have a distinctive voice and vision. They come from around the world with different perspectives and approaches to art-making. Turn the Page offers the opportunity to view their original works beyond the flat worlds of paper and digital screens, where they are most often seen.

These diverse artists each demonstrate mastery of their chosen media—their work is characterized by vividly colored imagery that is graphically and carefully rendered with high attention to detail. From oil paintings and drawings, to porcelain and bronze sculptures, to video and mixed media artworks, both new and traditional artistic processes are represented. The subjects, images and ideas expressed in these artworks, however, are decidedly contemporary, responding to the world as we see it today. Though the artworks in Turn the Page are often informed by art history, they are also equally influenced by popular culture, current politics and globalization.

Artists Represented: Jennybird AlcantaraBarnaby BarfordChris BerensTim BiskupTiffany BozicRay CaesarVictor CastilloBeth CavenerKevin CyrWim DelvoyeGehard DemetzBrian DettmerFulvio Di PiazzaRon EnglishShepard FaireyAJ FosikCamille Rose GarciaJeremy GeddesSam GibbonsFemke HiemstraScott HoveJames JeanAudrey KawasakiJosh KeyesKris KuksiTravis LouieKate MacDowellMARS-1Marco MazzoniBrian McCartyTara McPhersonScott MusgroveYoshitomo NaraLisa NilssonOlekParraMarion PeckJean-Pierre RoyMark RydenTodd SchorrGreg “Craola” SimkinsTracey SnellingJeff SotoKazuki TakamatsuGary TaxaliMark Dean VecaNicola VerlatoWayne WhiteKehinde WileyMartin Wittfooth and Erwin Wurm

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