Ken Danby on the Importance of the Arts
Ken Danby’s fascinating talk about his work is punctuated with humorous stories and shots of his realist, evocative paintings. He says that everything he paints is a result of his personal vision and experience, but rendered not exactly as he sees it. What we see is what he wants us to see, the result of much analysis, restructuring, synthesizing, and thinking – “a wrestling match,” as he calls it. His major point is that artists are not entertainers: “The arts are undervalued, the arts are getting short shrift.” He says the arts need to find a rightful place in our education system, addressing the right side of the brain (intuition, thoughtfulness, subjectivity) for a fully-rounded education.