A peak into the studio practice of Greg 'Craola' Simkins
Maybe it dates back to art classes in high school about Dalí and Escher? Or the day I discovered this book on Remedios Varo on Tottenham Court Rd? (Now selling new on Amazon for a cool £150!) Or maybe it's the overactive imagination of an only child who never quite grew up? Whatever the cause, I've got more than a soft spot for Surrealism and it's literary sister, Magic Realism.
So, it's not surprising that I couldn't resist this video of Greg 'Craola' Simkins at work in his studio on a large and very surreal painting. Even if you aren't a fan of surrealism, there's nothing quite like a glimpse into someone else's working practice is there?
From Graffiti to Bosch
Criticized by his art teacher for his comic book style, as a teenager, Greg took his creativity onto the street in the form of graffiti art. This experience of working on a grand scale contributes to his evident mastery of working on large canvases. While some of his earlier work doesn't attract me much, his latest offerings evoke a young, 21st century Bosch. It will be interesting to see how his work continues to mature.