Location: US Web: www.imscared.com Em ail: email@example.com media: Acrylic, charcoal, graphite, ink, spray paint As a teenager Greg Simkins learned his trade as an artist by practising graffiti. “It gave me the confidence to paint large works,” the LA-based artist says. “In addition, it taught me perspective and colour theory.”
He has since applied these skills to his work with acrylics: intricate surrealist pieces that show how the Old Masters and pop culture, nature and carnival kitsch all inform his art.
“I have become increasingly interested,” Greg says “in the rabbit holes we fall down when daydreaming. So many have created worlds in their art in which to escape and inhabit, and for others to enjoy.” 1 Good Knight
Acrylic on canvas, 72x96in “The idea for this one burned into my head for months after drawing it. Usually an image starts telling me stories. This one wrote chapters for me. Ralf, The White Knight, has set off on the adventure of saving his love interest, with his friend, the blue jay, Breeze.”
2 Pass ing Notes
Acrylic on canvas, 20x20in “Often I make paintings with someone in mind, and this was one I felt would speak to my wife Jenn. I wanted it to feel like Alice’s flower friend came to life in the ‘golden afternoon’. I was working with all over glazes to create mood in the piece.”
Acrylic on canvas, 20x16in “There are many pairings and groups of characters that live on the ‘Outside’. I don’t like them to get lazy or bored so I send them on quests. This ragtag group has set off to warn Ralf of the Fool King’s bad intentions. These ensembles provide a starting place for me to write and explore this world.”