Self-taught painter Danny Fox has made quite a name for himself. With his shows being sold out before they even open, the hype is definitely real. Which makes for his unconventional approach to art all the more unconventional.
“I never believed or was under any illusion – even from a very young age – that any arts degree would make me an artist,” he said in an interview with Metal Magazine. “People need institutions though (…) – and I can’t blame them. People have parents that expect things of them. (…) I understand it. I think of all the boys and girls who grow up in shitty towns so far from where it’s happening, and going to art school is their best bet of getting out of that town and getting to it. I should have gone but I couldn’t, I already knew.”
His paintings, full of symbolism (though what they symbol is hard to decipher), are adorned with horses, birds, and naive looking characters (which are anything but).
“When I’m making a painting I’m just trying to make a good painting,” says Fox. “If the thing is looking good and it’s telling a story of some kind then it might survive. I don’t expect anyone to relate to the artwork, but if they find something in it that makes it all better for them, then that’s all there can be.”
We highly recommend following his Instagram page.