"Wheels within Wheels"
paintings and works on paper by abstract-expressionist painter, poet, novelist
Danny Simmons


Danny Simmons - In Hot Pursuit - oil on paper - photo credit Mark Blackshear

September 29 through December 4, 2010

Artists Reception:
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Gallery hours: Noon - 5:00 pm
Call 718.833.9100 for events and schedule updates.

224 48 Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
718. 833-9100



“Wheels within Wheels”, an exhibition of abstract expressionist paintings by Danny Simmons, will open with a reception for the artist on September 29, 2010 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM, and will run through Saturday, December 4.

About Tabla Rasa Gallery

Tabla Rasa Gallery is located in the burgeoning art destination of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The fiercely independent outlier gallery is known for their consistently stunning exhibitions. Within the 4000 square foot turn of the century carriage house, the gallery exhibits primary and secondary market artwork by emerging, mid-career, and established artists, in all media, including painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, print media, digital, film and video.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public. It is recommended to call 718.833.9100 for events and schedule updates.

Directions to Tabla Rasa Gallery
Subway: From Manhattan, take D or N to the Brooklyn 36th St. station plus one R stop to 45th St.
Driving: Tabla Rasa is on 48th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves, Brooklyn.
Ample street parking is available.



Daniel "Danny" Simmons, Jr. is an abstract-expressionist painter whose artwork is shown nationally. The Brooklyn Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Deustche Bank, the United Nations, and the Schomburg Center for Black Culture all show his work as part of their collections.

Mr. Simmons is the Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). He sits on the Board of Directors for the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Older brother of hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons ("Reverend Run" of Run DMC), he is the founder and President of the Rush Arts Gallery. In addition, Simmons converted part of his loft in Brooklyn into the Corridor Gallery. Along with his brother Russell, Simmons established Def Poetry Jam, which has enjoyed long-running success on HBO. He received a Peabody Award for TV and a Tony award for the Broadway version of Def Poetry. Simmons is also the founder and Vice-President of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization.

In 2004, Simmons published Three Days As The Crow Flies, a fictional account of the 1980's New York art scene. He has also written a book of artwork and poetry called I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn't Find My Way Home.

Simmons is the son of Daniel Simmons, Sr., a truant officer and black history professor who also wrote poetry, and Evelyn Simmons, a teacher who painted as a hobby. He earned a degree in social work from New York University and a master's in public finance from Long Island University. He began painting after he realized he was burnt out from his job with the Bureau of Child Support.

Simmons is an avid collector of African art and comic books.


Tabla Rasa Gallery 224 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11220
Sunset Park ARts Community ( SPArC )
718 833.9100 fax 718.833.9118