Danny is an East London artist, dancer and writer. He studied at Cardiff College of Art and Reading University and has work in various collections including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Elton John.
He is the grandson of the feminist writer Mary Butts, herself friend to Peggy Guggenheim, Paul Robson, TS Eliot, Jean Cocteau and Aleister Crowley, among many others from the Paris of The Jazz Age. He is also the grandson of writer, publisher and Whitechapel Boy John Rodker, noted for his work with Freud, Joyce, Pushkin, Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gaudier-Brzeska, Pound, Eliot and Andre Breton, for which, in the latter case, John was awarded the Legion d'Honneur. Danny is also a descendant of the civil servant Thomas Butts, who, as sole patron to William Blake, preserved the artist's illuminated manuscripts for posterity. Of his own painting he says:
‘...I try to get a little electricity, and a little alchemy, into my surfaces. I want to detain the eye and invoke the imagination with images that invite contemplation and reflection and, perhaps, a little divination. '
He dances tango, and has performed in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, and also in the US, Mexico, Europe and Argentina. He also writes on the Hebrew sources of alphabetic text.