Print Media : 39 x 90 inches ( 99 x 229 cm )
Inventory # 14930
Ken Danby

Ken Danby was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on March 6, 1940. His older brother Marvin displayed natural abilities and interest in art as a teenager. Ken credits Marvin's early interest with inspiring his own. Their parents were very supportive when Ken's artistic skills expanded throughout his elementary years at Cody Public School, where he became known as "the school artist", and they soon became aware of the serious degree of his interest. When he was ten years old, in Grade Six, he informed them that he wanted to become an artist, and that a guidance teacher had advised him of a school called the Ontario College of Art, where he could study art. Eight years later, in 1958, he enrolled.

Ken then began his personal odyssey at the age of 20, to not only learn and grow independently as an artist, but to somehow support himself through his artistic abilities. It was a struggle, but he persevered through a multitude of art related jobs over the next three years, all the while nurturing his personal exploration of various directions in his painting and drawing. In 1963, after having returned to a representational focus in his work, and needing some reinforcement of his convictions in this regard, Danby arranged to review his work with gallery owner, Walter Moos, of Toronto. Moos was positive and supportive when his keen eye recognized the artist's exceptional abilities. In 1964, Gallery Moos presented Danby's first one-man show, which promptly sold out and set an example that was repeated and surpassed over many years.   Danby and Moos presented many one-man exhibitions and the artist has participated in numerous group shows internationally. Major collectors, including private, corporate and museum collections, responded enthusiastically and the artist is today recognized internationally as one of the world's foremost realist painters - as well as being one of Canada's best known artists.

The recipient of many awards and honours, Ken Danby continued to respond to his personal experiences with unique and creative dedication. Whenever he was asked to identify his best work, or his favourite, his answer remained the same - "my next one".

Ken Danby is one of only a few contemporary artists who created paintings that make the transition from artwork to cultural icon. While the popularity of his work and his contributions to the arts make him a celebrity in Canada, it is his outstanding timeless images that have earned him international recognition as one of the foremost realist artists. Where some see only an incredible attention to detail, others are aware of the artist's greater accomplishment... the presence, the life and the emotion which emanates from each meticulously composed image. Studying a Ken Danby painting is more than experiencing fine art. It is sharing in the artist's response to his own experience.

Ken Danby passed away in 2007.


Jessie Dow Prize
125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal of Canada
Queen's Jubilee Medal
Golden Jubilee Medal
Order of Ontario
Order of Canada

Selected Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Montreal Museum of Fine Art
Art Gallery of Vancouver
Art Institute of Chicago
Power Corporation of Canada
Toronto-Dominion Bank
United States Steel Company
Indianapolis Museum of Fine Arts
Pittsburgh National Bank
National Gallery of Canada
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Canada Council Art Bank
Shell Canada
Canada Sports Hall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
City of Jerusalem
MacDonal Stewart Art Centre, Guelph

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 Homage to a Master, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2008 The Graphic Works of Ken Danby Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto
2001 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1998 Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto
1997 Retrospective: Drawings & Watercolours, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
1990 Graphic Retrospective, Harris Gallery of Fine Art, Ottawa
1989 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1987 25 Year Retrospective, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario
1985 Gallery Moos, Toronto
  Graphic Retrospective Exhibition, Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art, Vancouver
1983 Gallery Moos, Toronto
  America's Cup Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island
1982 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1980-82 Graphic Retrospective Exhibition circulated by Art Gallery of Hamilton, traveling throughout Canada
1979 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1978 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1976 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1975 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1974-75 Retrospective Exhibition circulated by Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, traveling throughout Southern Ontario
1974 Galerie Moos, Montreal
1973 William Zierler Gallery, New York
1972 Gallery Moos, Toronto
  William Zierler Gallery, New York
1971 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1970 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1969 Gallery Moos, Toronto
  Cologne Kunstmarkt, Germany
1968 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1967 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1966 Galerie Godard Lefort, Montreal
  Gallery Moos, Toronto
1965 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1964 Gallery Moos, Toronto

Selected Group Exhibitions

1981 National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
1976 Bienal Americana de Artes Grficas, Cali, Columbia
1973 Bienal Americana de Artes Grficas, Cali, Columbia
1972 Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1971 Biennale des Jeunes, Paris
1970 Cologne Kunstmarkt, Germany
  Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal
1967 Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal
1966 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1964 Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal
  National Gallery of Canada, Montreal


Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON