Orlando artist Danny Rock has been hiding from the art scene for a few months to create his newest series. His wife recently had their first child together which has also kept him busy. This week is his unveiling for the new series known as The Re-Code Project, which has a Renaissance influence with a dash of urban art. The other day he had the opportunity to give an interview explaining a little bit about his solo art show at Loft 55 Gallery and Boutique coming up this October 17 from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
AL: What artists inspire you for this series?
DR: The Old masters of the Renaissance such as Vermeer, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Rafael and Goya. These were the Urban Artist of the day, painting murals in churches and doing commissioned work for the elite people of those days. They were perfectionist putting there work out there much like the artist today. These days most people love there work but during their time not all of them were loved. Some were treated like the street artists (graffiti artist) of today, thrown in jail for there art. All because they wanted to speak there mind.
AL: What inspired or motivated you in this series?
DR: I have always loved renaissance paintings and I love urban art. I've always felt a struggle because I love both styles, I wanted to say some thing by combining the two eras. With my daughter being born I felt the need to create in a renaissance style. The painting I did of mother and child is when it started, plus I was seeing other artists were motivated to recreate the renaissance theme. It was a huge challenge to take on but I just did it, I went along with my passion.
AL: Did your upbringing influence your work?
DR: Yes, my father once told me that the worlds greatest painter was Leonardo Da Vinci. At 7 years old, I believed him.
AL: What do you love about life and what do you hate?
DR: Well artistically, I love meeting artist who are positive, creative and fun. What I hate are those who are takers and users.
AL: What mediums did you work in and why?
DR: Oil and acrylic. Using them together is king.
AL: What is your vision/philosophy on this series?
DR: I believe fine art and street art can hold there own in a gallery. I also think that people should get over trying to figure out what real art is and just enjoy all forms of it.
AL: What is your favorite advantage of being an artist?
DR: That I can share some thing with people and my work has the ability to take on a life all it's own. People can interpret my art in away that means something to them.
AL : How much time was spent creating this series?
DR: I spent eight months creating this series. I can honestly say that, I am not the same artist I was when I started.
AL: For your last interview, you mentioned your favorite experience as an artist was
"Having people react positively to my work and being able to handle critique."
What would be your newest favorite experience as an artist?
DR: The ability to have a voice and speak my mind through art. Of course, create art that I believe to be great work. When the viewer is standing in front of one of my paintings, the feeling they're in a museum having a personal experience with, what a man made with just a brush.
Don't miss his exhibit from October 14th - 26th, 2013 and his solo show on October 17th from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Loft 55 Gallery and Boutique, 55 W. Church Street, Suite 114, Orlando, FL 32801.