Danny is a British artist, writer and dancer and teacher of tango, based in East London, UK. He studied at Cardiff College of Art, now the University of Wales, and at Reading University and has paintings in private and public collections including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Elton John.
He is the grandson of the feminist writer Mary Butts, herself friend and/or associate of Peggy Guggenheim, Paul Robson, Jean Cocteau and Aleister Crowley, among many others. He is the grandson of the writer, poet, publisher and Whitechapel Boy John Rodker, noted for his English language translations and/or publications of, among many others, Freud, Joyce, Pushkin, Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gaudier-Brzeska, Pound, Eliot and Andre Breton, for which, in the latter case, he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur.
He is a descendant of the civil servant Thomas Butts, who, as patron to William Blake, collected and preserved the artist's illuminated manuscripts (now at Tate Britain). Mary Butts' father - 'The Colonel', and a veteran of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War of 1854 - built a gallery extension for them in his house at Bournemouth and Mary is said to have adopted in her writing the same luminous world view as that conveyed in those Blake manuscripts under whose gaze she grew up as a child.
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, reflection and, perhaps, a little divination. These surfaces are largely constructed of discarded materials - worn bottle glass, brass shell cases, seashells, sand, gravel, glitter, scaffold boards, pallets and vintage optical lenses, all largely recovered from rifle ranges, roadsides and builders' yards. Otherwise I hope my images speak for themselves. All I can say is that I took the opportunity to transform some of the detritus of modern life as I found it around me, in a manner which I hope is more than the sum of its parts...'
Danny also writes on the abjadic sources of alphabetic text and concludes that European languages are largely dialects of Hebrew. He also has an abiding interest in tango, which he has taught and performed worldwide, including in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, and also in Europe, the US, Mexico and Argentina. Prints and paintings are available to view at Mile End, London, UK, at periodic exhibitions, and at regular studio open days and studio visits. Contact Adriana for details.