It’s hard to believe that for Danny Minnick art has only been a passion for the last few years. Painting provided a creative alternative to skateboarding after an injury, and after a breakout solo show in 2011, Minnick rapidly rose to fame in the contemporary art world.

Just a few years on, he is now a highly collected artist. Minnick’s work features in the collections of celebrities such as basketball star LeBron James, American filmmakers Nick Cassavetes and Gus Van Sant, musicians Fred Durst and Jamie Hince, and actresses Mena Suvari and Jessica Alba.

While he may not yet be a household name in the UK, Minnick has been accepted as a key emerging artist in the US for some years now, and it’s only a matter of time before this trend goes international. Choose to buy Danny Minnick art as an investment, and you can enjoy his work and potentially profit from rising value in the coming years.

The journey to becoming an artist

Danny Minnick grew up in Seattle, landing a successful career as a professional skateboarder in his early teenage years. However, a career-ending Achilles tendon injury led his life in another direction.

Once an artist friend showed him how to stretch canvases, Minnick began experimenting with painting, channelling his energy and creativity into a new medium. His hobby soon became a profession, as he was offered his first gallery exhibition shortly after.

Danny Minnick’s art inspirations

While Minnick has moved away from skateboarding professionally, his art brings plenty of energy, passion and movement from his earlier experiences. Indeed, he cites Ray Pettitbon skateboard graphics as a major artistic influence, as well as other skateboarders turned artists such as Mark Gonzales, Neil Blender and Chad Muska.

He also acknowledges the influence of street artist RETNA, as well as musicians Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. “One of my favourite things Basquiat said was that music is how we decorate time,” Minnick explains, “and when I listen to Jimi Hendrix I see his paintings.”

Danny Minnick art combines many styles

Danny Minnick art is a unique style of abstract expressionism, with a riot of dark colour, thick paint, layer upon layer of pigments, fragments, splinters, brush and splatter work.

His work reflects clear influences from various names in the contemporary art scene. These include De Kooning’s bold brushstrokes, Pollock’s signature drips, Keith Haring’s cartoon imagery and Basquiat’s daring use of colour.

Minnick works with large canvases, citing poor eyesight, but this large scale also gives his work an overwhelming presence and immediate visceral effect. Sometimes he shuns canvases entirely, creating exhibitions from work painted directly onto the walls and floorboards of his studio.

He has also produced murals across the US which have gained worldwide attention. Minnick even collaborated with Jessica Alba to create a mural for her business The Honest Company.

An overflowing heart

On looking at Danny Minnick art, a “childlike sense of wonder and curiosity” is evident, as well as “a big, overflowing heart.” This is most clearly seen in ‘Character’ who features in many of his paintings, a plus sign in the design’s middle representing the positive energy that Minnick strives to share with the world.

Minnick has donated work to charities including LIFT, Art of Elysium and the Eastwood Ranch Foundation, and produced art for Cindy Crawford’s charity Best Buddies.

The artist is also an active supporter of environmental issues. Minnick’s 2017 exhibition “Power to the Planet” in LA featured over a dozen large-scale abstract creations – many painted directly onto boards from his studio floor – which explored the impact of human behaviour on the Earth and its wildlife.

One Love

Following his rise to fame in the US, Danny Minnick art is now set for even bigger successes. Maddox Gallery is presenting the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK, entitled One Love.

The characters featured in Minnick’s paintings often remind viewers of Keith Haring’s work, and the 2017 exhibition will play on this creative connection. An entire series of new works on canvas will act as a homage to Haring, replacing one of the artist’s famous ‘twin’ figures with Minnick’s own trademark character.

Why buy Danny Minnick art as an investment

Minnick is making steps into the UK market, and it’s only a matter of time before his work really takes off. If you’d like to invest in Danny Minnick art, pay Maddox Gallery a visit in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Our Sotheby’s-trained art investment consultants are happy to tell visitors more about our roster of talented artists.

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  • The Family
    TITLE
    The Family

    YEAR
    2018

    MEDIUM
    Mixed Media On Canvas

    SIZE
    304 x 304cm
  • Frying Pan To The Head Go To Bed Goodnight
    TITLE
    Frying Pan To The Head Go To Bed Goodnight

    YEAR
    2018

    MEDIUM
    Oil Stick, Oil Pastel & Oil Based Rust-Oleum On Canvas, Signed On Verso

    SIZE
    102 x 102cm
  • The Knock at the Door
    TITLE
    The Met

    YEAR
    2018

    MEDIUM
    Oil Stick, Oil Based Rust-Oleum And Spray Paint On Canvas

    SIZE
    101 x 101cm
  • The Met
    TITLE
    The Met

    YEAR
    2018

    MEDIUM
    Oil Stick, Oil Pastel, Oil Based Rust-Oleum And Krink On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 183cm
  • Vincent’s Last Go
    TITLE
    Vincent’s Last Go

    YEAR
    2018

    MEDIUM
    Oil Paint, Oil Stick And Oil Based Rust-Oleum On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 122cm
  • No Rabbits Foot
    TITLE
    No Rabbits Foot

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil On Canvas

    SIZE
    91 x 91cm
  • Blue For You
    TITLE
    Blue For You

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Oil Stick, Krink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    152 x 122cm
  • Don’t Take The Chip
    TITLE
    Don't Take The Chip

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Mixed Media On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 183cm
  • Look Mom No Hands
    TITLE
    Look Mom No Hands

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Oil-Stick, Krink, Acrylic And Ball Point Pen On Canvas

    SIZE
    152 x 122cm
  • Master Of Puppet
    TITLE
    Master Of Puppet

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil On Canvas

    SIZE
    107 x 193cm
  • Dr Bernardo
    TITLE
    Dr Bernardo

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • Louie’s Cage
    TITLE
    Louie's Cage

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Mixed Media On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 183cm
  • Studio Wall I & II
    TITLE
    Studio Wall I & II

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Mixed Media On Canvas

    SIZE
    102 x 95cm (Each)
  • Untitled II
    TITLE
    Untitled II

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil Paint, Oil Stick, Emulsion & Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    71 x 101cm
  • Untitled
    TITLE
    Untitled

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil Paint, Oil Stick, Emulsion & Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    91 x 122cm
  • Monkey Man
    TITLE
    Monkey Man

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Mixed Media On Objet Trouve

    SIZE
    38 x 100cm
  • Gold Digger
    TITLE
    Gold Digger

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Gold Crink On Road Sign

    SIZE
    228 x 228 x 228cm
  • Dinner With Mr Chow
    TITLE
    Dinner With Mr Chow

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil Paint, Oil Stick, Emulsion & Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 152cm
  • Bull In A China Shop
    TITLE
    Bull In A China Shop

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil Paint, Oil Stick, Emulsion & Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 152cm
  • Paint Over It
    TITLE
    Paint Over It

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil Paint, Oil Stick, Emulsion & Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 91cm
  • The Red Balloon
    TITLE
    The Red Balloon

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil Paint, Oil Stick, Emulsion & Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    101 x 76cm
  • Calypso
    TITLE
    Calypso

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Mixed Media On Canvas

    SIZE
    96 x 124cm