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Artist Danny Simmons Intertwined Art Series

Artist Danny Simmons

DS: I created the Intertwined series during the start of the global pandemic. The artwork centers on themes of connection and isolation. Most of the paintings are combinations of African fabrics, other textiles, and paints. They are sort of mixed together in a way that they are intertwined, so it is hard to tell where one starts and the other begins.

How did you discover your love of art and poetry?

My mother, Evelyn, was an amateur painter. Growing up I would watch her painting on her tabletop easel. She would always bring home art supplies for me and teach me how to use them. She taught me how to paint. My love of poetry started with my father, Daniel. He was a poet and wrote a couple of novels.

Red Line District 48x60 by Danny Simmons

Red Line District 48×60 by Danny Simmons

What do you think your legacy will be?

My legacy will be the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (Rush Arts) in Philadelphia, which provides underserved youth with contemporary art education, and developing and supporting artists, curators, and new audiences.

Growing up, was there any competition between you and your brothers?

Honestly, no. We didn’t compete against each other as we were all focused on our own careers. Even Joey (Rev. Run) and Russell didn’t compete against each other, and they are in the same industry. We have always supported each other, and we are still close and talk several times a week to check-in.

My Big Blue Beauty 22x30 by Danny Simmons

My Big Blue Beauty 22×30 by Danny Simmons

What else can you tell us about your poetry?

Spoken word has been an important part of my life even before starting Def Poetry Jam with Russell. I have written five poetry books and I have a CD with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter on Blue Note Records—The Brown Beatnik Tomes. It is a live recording from BRIC House in Brooklyn featuring my poetry and paintings, and Carter performing solo accompaniment along with instrumental interludes from his fleet trio.

Danny Simmons’ Intertwined series is presented with the support of The Works Upper Westside ATL and Platinum Sponsor FilmHedge, a fintech company that uses data to improve financing in TV and film.

Jon Gosier, FilmHedge’s founder, says, “We are more than proud to sponsor this event and exhibit. The only medium that has changed the world more than cinema is art. We are honored to make this contribution in support of all artists who seek to change minds and inspire.”

Simmons’ Intertwined series is curated by Denise Jackson at Town + Culture, who has created more than 100 art events and exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists. Jackson believes the mission of Town + Culture is to engage a broad audience with the arts. She is joined by co-curator and award-winning producer T. Bankolé in presenting the Intertwined art series.

@dannysimmonsjr | @denisejacksonartcurator

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