Danny Israel is a British painter, writer and dancer based in Highgate, North London. He studied at Cardiff College of Art, now The University of Wales, in the 60's, and has work in numerous private and public collections including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Print Department) and Elton John.
He is the godson of the architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner, CBE, and the grandson of the early feminist writer Mary Butts, associate of Paul Robson, Peggy Guggenheim, Jean Cocteau and Aleister Crowley among others, and of Whitechapel Boy, writer, poet and publisher John Rodker, L d’H, noted for his early translations and publications of Freud, Joyce, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Kafka, Breton, Gaudier-Brezska, Pushkin, Pound and Eliot, among many others.
He is a descendant of Menasseh ben Israel, who negotiated the return of Jews to England with Oliver Cromwell, and of Thomas Butts, the civil servant who, as patron to William Blake, collected and preserved that artist's illuminated manuscripts. Mary Butts' father, the Colonel, built an extension to his house in Bournemouth in which to house them and Mary grew up with them. She is said to have adopted the same luminous view of the Dorset landscape in her writing, as that conveyed in these illuminated manuscript prints.
Of his own painting he says:
‘.....I try to get a little electricity, alchemy, magic, and poetry into my surfaces. I prefer to let the paint speak for itself wherever possible. I want to detain the eye and invoke the imagination with optically dynamic surfaces which serve as objects of contemplation, meditation and reflection....’
He also writes on the Hebrew sources of alphabetic language, and has an abiding interest in Argentine tango, which he performs and teaches worldwide, including in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, and in Buenos Aires. To learn more about Danny go to the Hidden Hebrew page, where the Introduction to On Hidden Hebrew and the Origin of Words, to be published soon, and which demonstrates that alphabetic languages are dialects of the Hebrew of antiquity, can be found.
Prints and paintings are available to view by appointment at The Limewood Private Gallery, London, UK, and also at periodic exhibitions.