Who is Danny?

Formerly a caravan showroom cleaner and DHSS giro typist from a Midlands mining village, Danny had ambitions of being a novelist or interior architect. Instead he went on to train in illustration and graphic design at Leicester Polytechnic (now DeMontfort University).

Danny developed a witty and graphic drawn and collaged technique, often employing Heath Robinson-style contraptions to better communicate scenarios or concepts. After graduating in the 1990s he moved to London to freelance in illustration where his very first commission was for the Radio Times. This opened the door to Good Food magazine and the Times Educational Supplements but then computers and Photoshop were invented (Danny's excuse) and magazine designers decided that CGI was the way forward and hand-drawn illustrations on paper went quickly out of fashion.

Danny continued to create collages, incorporating bits and pieces of detritus gathered from gutters and pavements. After a period of dark, inky collages inspired by Rouault there followed a brighter, linear and geometric period that made more use of the coloured wire that Danny is still compelled to hoard. In fact he's a hoarder, a collector of many things: Film posters and paperback film tie-ins, old telephones and other people's family photos, art and photography and gardening books, plants, mugs, colanders and Adidas Rom trainers.

Having a love of photography since he got his first SLR at 14, Danny has always been drawn to taking shots of plants and insects, and making considered compositions of buildings, roadworks and electrical cables, carefully designed using lines, shapes and spaces. To quote the impressionist painter Monet "subject is secondary" which Danny often tends to agree with. He admits to taking the same shots again and again, albeit on increasingly expensive cameras. You can see and even BUY his Blurb photo book 2010 here.

Gardening has been a constant occupation for Danny, the joy aged 13 of achieving a whole garden of annuals he'd grown from seed made a big impression. This led to him studying a lady Victorian gardener Gertrude Jekyll and drawing home-grown aquilegias for A Level art exams. 30 years on he's embraced the new perennial movement and Piet Oudolf.

In 2011 Danny's contribution to the E17 Art Trail was a social history installation. Based on 100 year old census information he created an English Heritage-style blue plaque to celebrate a real former resident of each house on his street. Printed cheaply onto card and stuck in some 70+ windows, it proved to be a very popular spectacle, and he's still often referred to as The Blue Plaque Man.

Danny lives in Walthamstow, north east London and is a magnet for mosquitoes.