After bopping all over New York for a week and seeing various art shows, I have to conclude that Greg “Craola” Simkins show, “Inside The Outside” was the best of the bunch. It was a nicely large solo exhibit at the Joshua Liner gallery. Beautiful paintings and graphite drawings with animals and pop culture items all mixed together. His drawings may have been “roughs” for various paintings but they are fantastic all on their own. Every piece was eloquent with respect for the fauna world they inhabited. Graceful compositions that floated on the surface with complete artistic mastery. Greg has a way of merging remote items together that make them seem more related than they are. A goldfish transforms into a hammer head shark, a jellyfish floats upward out of a vintage tea cup and a deer sits on an overstuffed armchair crowded with a menagerie of others. A perfect amount of works, hours of enjoyment. Take a look for yourself and enjoy!
Greg also has some work in the upcoming show “Lead Poisoning” at Last Rites Gallery in New York, if you missed the show at Joshua Liner. The Last Rites show looks to be a killer group exhibition, so check it, if you can.permalink.