Danny Simmons to Exhibit Paintings at FDU
TEANECK, NJ (November 14, 2006) – Danny Simmons’s expressionist paintings will be on display in the exhibit “Chasing Spirits” from December 4-January 12 at the University College Art Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University. A reception will be held on Thursday, December 7 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
In addition to being an artist, Simmons is a gallery owner, a novelist, and a poet. Together with his brothers, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and Joseph Simmons of “Run-DMC”, he founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in 1995. In 1992 he helped introduce poetry to mainstream television an Executive Producer of HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam Series,” which won a Peabody Award. Danny Simmons was also the conceptual force behind “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway” which won a 2002 Tony Award.
Simmons works with canvas, paper, oil paint, found objects, gesso, and wax.
“Throughout history, man has made attempts at understanding the role of spirit in his existence, “ said Simmons. “For the last several years, I’ve explored many aspects of depicting spirit in my paintings. I’ve created a series called the ‘Book of Spells,’ ways to invoke spiritual power, painted with color and movement the manifestation of ancestral guides, developed distinct iconography to record spiritual conversations that informs the act of artistic creation and the spiritual connection human beings have between each other. This exhibition, ‘Chasing the Spirits’ include examples of this work.”
More information and images of Simmons’s work can be seen at http://thecorridorgallery.org/.
The University College Art Gallery is located in University Hall on the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. The Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 201-692-2801.