Danny Dries

1941 to 2010

Danny Dries was a painter, sculptor and photographer who lived and worked in New York City. He spent a lifetime making art: From 1960s abstract paintings to 1970s installations and videos to the paintings and sculptures he was creating until late 2010. Danny's work -- vibrant, eclectic, autobiographical -- filled his downtown loft, a rich panoply of images, impressions, colors and objects that he transformed into art.

Danny was born in 1941 in Ashton, Iowa, one of 15 children in an Iowa farm family. When he turned 18, he tried to join the Air Force. He was turned away (bad heart), so he enrolled in art school instead. He earned a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. He taught art at Washington University in St. Louis and at Wesleyan University. In 1979 he moved to New York, where he worked as a studio manager for Tom Otterness then started a multimedia design company.

Danny's work has been exhibited at The Walker Art Center, Pratt Institute, The American Academy in Rome, Washington University, Helman Gallery, Loretto Hilton Gallery, Emden Gallery, Block Gallery, Wesleyan University, The University of Massachusetts, University of Wisconsin, University of Bridgeport, Augustana College, Andre Zarre Gallery, Artists Space and Hofstra University and is in the collections of Security Pacific Bank, Pratt Institute and many private individuals.