Danny Simmons, Jr., is an American abstract painter from Queens, NY, who once coined his particular style of painting as “neo-African Abstract Expressionism.” He is the older brother of hip hop impresario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons (“Reverend Run” of Run–D.M.C.). He is the co-founder and Chairman of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (since 1995) which provides disadvantaged urban youth with arts access and education.
As part of Rush Philanthropic, Simmons also founded Rush Arts Gallery and soon thereafter converted part of his loft in
Brooklyn into the Corridor Gallery. Both galleries provide exhibition opportunities to early and mid-career artists who do not have commercial representation through galleries or private dealers. Along with his brother Russell Simmons established Def Poetry Jam, which has enjoyed long-running success on HBO.
In 2004, Simmons published Three Days As the Crow Flies, a fictional account of the 1980s New York art scene. He has also written a book of artwork and poetry called “I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home.”
Among the most impressive artists of his day, The New York Times says that he “injects freshness” into his abstracts, and that they are “meticulously rendered and decoratively impressive.”
Simmons’ works can be seen all over the world in such prominent establishments as Chase Manhattan Bank, The Smithsonian United Nations, and more, Many have been obtained by art lovers and renowned celebrities everywhere, including: music industry executive/producer Lyor Cohen, and actor Will Smith, to name a few.
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