Kenneth Edison Danby
Born: March 6, 1940
Died: September 23, 2007
Place of Birth: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Ken Danby was considered one of Canada's greatest photo realist artists.
He took an interest in art from a very early age and was supported by his parents to follow such a career.
In high school, he was made aware of an art school, the Ontario College of Art, giving him further incentive.
Danby enrolled in the school in 1958 only to drop out after two years because he was not keen on studying abstract art.
He undertook a self-apprenticeship in realist art and finally showed his works to a gallery owner, Walter Moos.
In 1964, Moos helped Ken Danby put on his first one-man art show, which proved successful, and Danby's exceptional talent was recognized.
Moos continued to work with Danby and the two formed a close working relationship over the years.
Danby was fond of presenting paintings with sports figures or sporting events.
One of his most famous paintings was entitled "At the Crease" featuring a hockey goaltender.
Many of Danby's paintings were done using the egg tempera method of applying paint.
His realist art works did not appeal to some art critics but his paintings always impressed the Canadian public.
Ken Danby was recognized for his artistic work by being honoured with the Medal of Canada.
For more research information, check out the following:
The Art History Archive
Official Danby Site
Odon Wagner Gallery
Art Country Canada
Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art
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