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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Best Art Prints on the Web: Creep Machine's Josh Curates His Top 5 of the Week

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 7:37 PM

Greg Craola Simkins "Hatch Print"

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An artist, illustrator, designer and graffiti artist, Greg "Craola" Simkins is infecting people with his amazing visions rapidly. His current show at the Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles sold out in 40 minutes. His work is inspired by cartoons, characters from his childhood and his own designs as well. His paintings are a look into a dreamworld, one that is filled with familiar characters to us all, and always something new to freak you out. All of his work is done with acrylic, he stated in an interview that the transition from graffiti to painting helped with his use of acrylic. His prints from his latest show are now gone, however I did manage to find this one. It's from an edition of 50, and seeing how fast he is selling out I don't imagine this one will last long.

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Joe Vaux "Rolling Plunder"

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An animator out of Los Angeles, Joe Vaux uses his spare time to paint these extremely wild paintings. Much like the work of Craola, the main feature of his work that stands out for me is the imagination. I love looking at work that takes me to a different place, one that I have never seen before, regardless of how scary it might be. I love the colors and the whole setup of this piece, it looks like the animals on the right are trying to rock the big fire-breathing mechanized skull on the right. This print is signed and numbered, giclee on board and framed. It comes from an edition of 30.

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Travis Louie "Gil"

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Travis Louie is an artist out of New York and a graduate of Pratt. His work is inspired by the Film Noir movies of the 40's and 50's. The first time I saw his work, like many others, I thought he was just touching up old photographs, but this is all paint. Acrylic pain no less, and he gets this amazing look that makes you feel like your staring at some old photo of some monster or costume design from some old movie. He currently has work being shown at the Shooting Gallery in SF. His prints are starting to sell out all over, and this one is almost gone. It's signed and numbered from an edition of 20.

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James Jean "Getting Clean"

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I showed a print from James Jean during one of the first articles I wrote, he continues to be one of my favorite artists and always puts out amazing prints. This specific one was made for a double page spread in Best Life Magazine. The topic is clearly some dude cleaning up from the ol' drink, and this has to be one of the best ways I've ever seen it illustrated. The colors are amazing, the repeated use of colors like the drink, and the color of the tentacles and face really give this piece a great feel. It looks like it should glow for some reason.

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KRK Ryden "Doggie Punchin"

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Most often noted for being brother to the famous Mark Ryden, KRK Ryden is an amazing artists, without needing to be tied to his brother. His work often has humor dripping from it, as well as colors that seem to slap you in the face across the room. This specific print is from a set by Pressure Printing. Each one of the prints came with 3d goggles that allows to see the print how it was intended. They are still great prints, even if you don't use the goggles. This one by far is my favorite, that guy in the back seriously looks happy to see that pug get socked up.

It's from an edition of 25, signed and numbered.

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