Monday, June 15, 2009

An Afternoon with Greg Simkins at Gallery 1988 Los Angeles

From Jensen at G1988

So on Saturday, June 27th, from 12 - 4 PM, we'll be having an event that is sure to be one of the coolest daytime art gatherings of the year. LA artist Greg "Craola" Simkins will be partaking in what is a first here at G1988 - an "afternoon hang-out."

Greg will be in the gallery to celebrate the very limited edition releases of his print, "Here Stands Matt Riddle," and the "Lonely Knight" laser-engraved skate deck. Even cooler? Greg Simkins will be live painting in the gallery, a rarity for the acclaimed artist, with the finished painting auctioned online a few weeks later, with all the money going to Cancer Research, in the name of my late father (and HUGE Simkins fan), Lawrence Karp (tip of hat while hiding tears to Greg and Jenn Simkins for that). There also might be a little surprise release for those who come to hang.

"Here Stands Matt Riddle" is actually my favorite Greg Simkins piece ever. It's from his "I'm Scar3d" solo show here at G1988: LA from 2007 and it really started what would become "the epic large Greg piece" trend, usually seen once or twice per show now. These giclee prints are a whopping 36 x 30 inches, hand signed and numbered by the artist and a limited edition of 50.

The "Lonely Knight" skate deck must be seen to be believed. Laser engraved into the wood, it depicts Greg's most well-known character, the White Knight in such insane detail. The quality of these decks are incredible. They are 8 x 32 inches, laser-numbered on the back of the deck and signed, both in laser (on front) and in pen (on the back). These are SUPER LIMITED to only 25!

Mark your calendars now, we'll be hanging.

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