Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins manages to capture the weird and wonderful in his paintings. With roots in graffiti, the LA based artist experiments with various concepts, textures and colours to create fantastical worlds. Mixing elements of nature with manmade objects gives Craola’s work an unusual and jarring quality that taps into the world of childhood imagination. His work is currently on show at KP Projects // MKG in Los Angeles as a solo exhibition called ‘Where Am I’.
The artist said: “There is a point during our lifetime when we lose our childhood excitement and curiosities, and become infected with the problems of adulthood. It’s like a part of our brain begins to hibernate or even petrify year by year with every new responsibility. Growing up is a good thing, there are lessons to be learned and passed on to the next generation, but I believe we need to have these windows to glimpse back into and remind us of the feelings we had as a kid.
“What is the world like just beyond the closet door, what is scratching at my bedroom window — what if there really are other worlds to explore and have adventures in — who are the strangers we’d meet there? The very first words you would utter once finding yourself a stranger in that strange place, stuck outside, would be – Where Am I?”.
Via Arrested Motion