Interview with Artist / Greg Simkins | Edition VI

How are you feeling at the start of this new year, any big plans for 2009?
We have a few things up our sleeve over here, another solo show in the works as well as some other cool stuff.

So what is the motivation behind your whole movement?
I Enjoy creating images that provide an escape from the everyday stresses that seem so increasing, whether it be the changing ideologies of the world, the nonsense of politics, or crap that we read in the news. I want to escape through the looking glass into one of my paintings and try to invite everyone who views them along.

How is the internet changing your craft?
I think the internet shrunk the world. Now people all over the world can check out what is going on the art world and I have friends across the globe because of it. As far as changing my craft. I don’t think it has changed it at all except getting in the way. I get those urges to check emails and update blogs and my website and most days just pack up my keyboard and mouse and take them to the house and lose them there. Taking myself offline these days is the best thing to rid myself of the distraction.

Who are some people you want to be interacting with this year?
Umm…Probably the Great Owl from The Secret of NIMH, and the guy who makes my coffee at Starbucks… Oh and Leprechauns.

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Sure I do, someone has to paint bunny monsters and melting candles, it might as well be me.

When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
No, I don’t think I ever thought it would have turned into the career that it has. I always made art just to keep myself sane. It has been the most consistent thing in my life since I was a young kid and I will be doing it till I die.

How do you separate yourself from others?
Not wearing deodorant and skipping showers, they just separate themselves after a while.

The art and party scene have come together in recent years, why do you think this has happened?
People like to mingle? I don’t know, I have never equated it. I sit at my easel all day making art and rarely get to go to parties..

Lastly, Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
No. Why should it. Create your own worlds. Be an inventor.