We had the good fortune of connecting with Danny Joe Rose III and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danny Joe, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve always viewed risk as a friend. A complex one, but a friend none the less. Throughout my career and my practice I have taken countless risks, all in an effort to see my work through to the next phase. One of the riskiest moments of my life was taking a leap and moving across the world to Indonesia for a teaching position. I was twenty-four and fresh out of college, I knew an adventure would be had, but I didn’t realize it would connect me so deeply to my creative and spiritual self. After a year abroad and countless experiments with painting and sculpture, I began to see connections in my work like never before. Being isolated from everything I knew forced me to look inward and pushed my art into new territories. I returned to the states with a fresh perspective on life and my art practice. These days, risk appears in my work in a more direct way. As I’m painting I’m thinking, “how can I make this one different than before?”, or “I wonder what will happen If I combine this medium with that medium?”. Taking these creative risks is essential to the process and overall development of a painting. If I didn’t challenge the work, I don’t think I would build a relationship with it. So risk becomes an integral part of that relationship.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most excited that at thirty-one, I have finally found my work/life balance. I currently work part time as a graphic designer and spend the rest of my time in the studio. I spent years working as a freelancer, art model, cook, waiter, house painter, and countless other jobs. It took a lot of work and commitment to get to where I am today. There were many times when I had just enough money to feed myself, pay rent, and buy supplies, It would have been easy to give up during those times, but I knew this was ultimately what I wanted for myself; a creative life. Along the way I’ve learned that it’s okay to ask for help and to help others whenever you can! I couldn’t have gotten where I am today without help from others and a willingness to fail.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I relocated to Oklahoma City a little over three years ago and miss Texas a great deal. I try and visit as much as I can. Before the pandemic, I couldn’t come to town without having tea at Cosmic Cafe and hopefully catching a yoga class upstairs. I spent a lot of time there when I was living in Dallas. As a fan of the outdoors another spot is White Rock Lake. I typically bring my bike with me or borrow one when I’m in town, and this is one of my favorite places to ride and catch some rays. A Texas trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of the great galleries and museums! A few of my favorites are; The Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, The Crow Museum of Asian Art, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Kettle Art Gallery, Liliana Bloch Gallery, and The Public Trust.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The support from my community, collectors, galleries, and fellow artists have played a big role In my success, and I’m very grateful for that. I also have a great network of friends and family who really believe in my work and support me in many ways. It’s tough to be in the arts, and that’s why forming a community and supporting one another is so important. This doesn’t always mean someone buying your work, but also someone that can give you honest feedback and ask for your feedback as well.
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