Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Resin encapsulated oil paintings from Danny Perkins revisit pivotal moments which influence his perspective and understanding of the world. Visual effects of the sky, grasses, the plains, amongst other personally significant spaces influence his large scale reflective pieces.
Drama, action and hope. Colors know it or not, are reminders of our experiences. We’ve all attached sights and visions of our lives and to our emotional selves. These paintings are references to those emotions. Everyone is going to have a different reference points; my references are just mine. In doing these paintings, there was a strong feeling in me to start with and I wrapped everything around that. I can say a lot of personal stuff about these paintings, what I was feeling when I was painting but it is for the viewer to bring their feelings to the painting. If you try to identify objects and images you will be disappointed, it is more of emotional journey. It is for the viewer to look at the work as a whole, the colors and proportions. I do believe, like many people, the world is a chaotic place, the drive to make sense, to build structure, I feel it helps us in the struggle. I have been doing color and form dichotomies for 35 years, first in 3 dimensions, sculptures, and now with paintings. It wasn’t until these recent paintings that I feel like I landed. There’s 10% hope. If you go deep and face the darkness. You have a lot more courage and will see a lot more, instead of running from it. – Danny Perkins
Danny was born in Frankfurt, Germany, raised in an orphanage in Oklahoma, and was a young adult in the Bay area. He then moved to Washington state where he was a professional artist in glass and sculpture showing nationally and internationally and is in museum collections throughout. He moved to Tucson 10 years ago, this is his first show after a five-year hiatus.