Visual: Escape With Me

Escape With Me

Greg "Craola" Simkins

"As our imagination takes over, we tend to leave what is ordinary and go outside of ourselves to visit these places," explains Greg "Craola" Simkins in an artist statement posted on his website (www.imscared.com). "This is why I paint and what has inspired me over the years to grow as an artist. It is the constant search for what else is on the outside." Simkins’ paintings, which often feature grotesque cartoon animals that could have been imagined by H.P. Lovecraft, are showcased in the just-opened Escape With Me exhibit. Also featured are the works of Lola, another artist from California who favours a similar kind of pop surrealism. At Galerie d’Art Yves Laroche (6355 St-Laurent), until July 8. www.yveslaroche.com

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