Sunday, February 27, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"INLE" Group Exhibit opens March 11th

INLE flyer


Over 100 artists interpret the anti-hero of

Richard Adams' Watership Down

Curated by Greg "Craola" Simkins

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 11th


Gallery 1988

7020 Melrose Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 937-7088

Participating artists include:

Aaron Jasinski, Adam Hathorn, Alex Garcia, Alex Pardee, Amanda Louise Spayd, Amy Sol, Angry Woebots, Annie Owens, Anthony Ausgang, Attaboy, Audrey Kawasaki, Augor, Axis, Beast Brothers, Bob Dob, Brandi Milne, Brian Colin, Brian Despain, Buff Monster, Camilla d'Ericco, Carrie Ann Baade, Charles Wish, Chase Tafoya, Chet Zar, Chris "Devious" Gliebe, Chris Ryniak, Christian Rex van Minnen, Colin Christian, D. Ross Scribe, Dabs & Myla, Dan May, Dan Quintana, Daniel Danger, Dave Correia, Dave Flores ATC, Dave Pressler, David Choong Lee, Deph, Dytch 66, Eric Merrill, Eric White, Fred Harper, George Thompson, Graham Curran, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Gris Grimly, Gunnar, Haste, Jason Daquino, Jason Limon, Jason Maloney, JAW Cooper, Jean Labourdette (Turf One), Jeff McMillan, Jeff Soto, Jeffery Page, Jen Lobo, Jenny Mollen-Biggs, Jeral Tidwell, Jeremy Fish, Jersey Joe Rime, Jesse Smith, Joe Capobianco, Joe Hahn, Joe Ledbetter, Joe Vaux, Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez, Johnny Vampotna, Jon Beinart, Jordan Buckley, Josh Keyes, Joshua Clay, Kevin Knight, Kevin Dickinson, Kevin Peterson, Kris Lewis, Logan Hicks, Luke Chueh, Lyte, Man One, Mark Bodnar, Martin Whitfooth, Matthew Bone, Maxx 242, McEvoy & Rodriguez, Meggs, Mia Araujo, Michael Page, Michel Gagne´, Mike Mitchell, Mike Stilkey, Misha, Miss Mindy, Molly Crabapple, Naoto Hattori, Nate Van Dyke, Nathan Pearce, Neko, Nicholas Charles, Nicnak, Nome Edonna, Peekaboo Monster, Persue'/BunnyKitty, Peter Gronquist, Rask Opticon, Retna, Revok, Robert Bowen, Roland Tamayo, Ron English, Rory Keating, Sam Flores, Scott Belcastro, Sergio Hernandez, Shaun Kasl Singer, Shawn Barber, Skinner, Skot Olsen, Sram, Steven Daily, Tara McPherson, Thomas Lynch III, Tomi Monstre, Tony Curanaj, Travie McCoy, Travis Louie, Tyke Witnes, Vic Back, Yosuke Ueno, Zoso

After planning this exhibit for over a year, I can't believe it's right around the corner. I'm honored to have such a fine group of artists contribute to their talent to the INLE exhibit I'm curating at Gallery: 1988: LA on March 11th.

Who or what is INLE?
In 1974, Richard Adam's wrote the beloved classic "Watership Down". It is a tale about overcoming the obstacles of life that try to beat you into submission and coming out on top, told through the unlikely embodiment of rabbits. Upon reading the book at a young age, one particular thread stood out to me. The story of "The Black Rabbit of Inle". It was on page 280 of this book that my Grandfather had gotten for me on a road trip that the story of Inle´ unfolds. The fear he induced in the rabbits who told tales of him is not much unlike our own fears of death and what is unknown. I always questioned was their fear based upon him or the inevitability of their own demise, and was it something to fear or welcome after a long life lived? With this book began my over 24 year obsession with using rabbits as a tool in my art. Upon relating my memories of this book with some artist friends of mine, I wasn't surprised to find they had similar attachments to the story and subsequent movie and that it too was a huge influence on their work.

The question is asked over and over "what inspires you and your art?". Well here is one aspect, and In my attempt to keep this story alive and in honor of Richard Adam's timeless story we are proud to present "INLE".

-Greg "Craola" Simkins

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mid City Arts Mural and Signing!

Thanks so much to those of you who made it out to Mid City Arts/ 33Third on Saturday. I had a ton of great conversations and a great time meeting you all. Also thanks so much to my assistant Graham Curran who pulled so much weight helping get through the painting on Friday. Check out the in progress video below that my friends Amy Duran and James Frede put together, you guys are troopers and thanks Amy for hanging out the entire day. Med and Shig have a good thing going on here so stop by and check it out and pick up some paint, you won't find a better paint shop around.
see the pics HERE

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Poster Giveaway, Book Signing & Mural Installation this Saturday


Join us this Saturday as

Greg "Craola" Simkins will be revealing his mural installation and doing a signing of

Drawn from the Well.

Saturday, February 19th


Mid-City Arts

5111 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles

(310) 694-3460

There will also be a CRAOLA poster giveaway with book purchase!

CRAOLA poster
Greg painting
Drawn from the Well

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

IMSCARED & To Die For @ MAGIC (STREET) 2011 in Las Vegas

TO DIE FOR and IMSCARED will be previewing our 2011 Collections @ MAGIC (Street Section) in Las Vegas this February 14-16.

Booth #21322

If you will be attending the show and would like schedule an appointment to view the collections please contact us via email at

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mural Installation & "Drawn From The Well" Book Signing

I'm coming out of my "cave" and will doing a mural installation along with a book signing of "Drawn From the Well" at Mid-City Arts on Saturday, February 19th @ noon.
And as a special release at the event, each book purchased that day comes with a full color catalog from my "It Wanders East"
collection and a brand new 17"X14" poster created specifically for the event.
hope to see you there.

Mid-City Arts
(310) 694-3460

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I can't believe this show is already this weekend! It totally snuck up on me. I am super honored to be a part of this amazing show curated by Nathan Spoor . What an amazing line-up! Come on down and join us this Saturday:

Opening Reception: Sat, Feb. 5th 7-10PM

Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway in Santa Ana / 714.567.7233
*Parking available in the Third Street parking structure

Featuring works from:
Esao Andrews, Carrie Ann Baade, Sandow Birk, Michael Brown, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Dave Cooper, Bob Dob, Thomas Doyle, Ron English, Alex Gross, Robert Hardgrave, Naoto Hattori, Femke Hiemstra, Gregory Jacobsen, Audrey Kawasaki, Andy Kehoe, Kris Kuksi, Darren LeGallo, Kris Lewis, Francesco LoCastro, Jason Maloney, Mars-1/Mario Martinez. Chris Mars, Dalek James Marshall, Dan May, Elizabeth McGrath, Jeff McMillan, Tara McPherson, Mia, David Molesky, Brendan Monroe, Scott Musgrove, Nathan Ota, Michael Page, Kevin Peterson, James Roper, Chris Ryniak, Bob Schneider, Todd Schorr, Greg Simkins, Skinner, Jeff Soto, Nathan Spoor, CR Stecyk III, Heidi Taillefer, Joe Vaux, Nicola Verlato, Oliver Vernon, Eric White, Robin Williams, Martin Wittfooth, Chandler Wood, and Chet Zar

The exhibition will be accompanied by a grand print / book piece that includes the artwork in the exhibition, as well as a fascinating time capsule of studio shots and compelling interviews conducted by Spoor with each artist during the three-year curating period (2008 – 2011).