Greg Simkins

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Lo­ca­tion: US Web: www.im­scared.com Em ail: con­tact@im­scared.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.”

3

The Wan­der­ers

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.”

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