the real deal. Words like genuine, original and unique dont necessarily
apply to everyone in the Folk Art world, but they fit Danny Hoskinson
almost perfectly. Known everywhere as The Bucket man, because
his objects are created from empty plastic paint containers after some
major modifications with his blow torch, Danny creates figures and creatures
reminding you of critters from Star Wars and other classics.
There are gators with swiveling heads, two-headed turtles, swimming bovines.
Others are half animal and half some thing else. Nothing created by the
Bucket man is scary. Rather, they make you laugh, a great reflection of
Dannys good nature and remarkable sense of humor. Ive watched
admiringly as small children stared in awe at Dannys distorted figures,
knowing they, like their parents, wanted one to go home to a bedroom.
Bucket man, however, is a serious artist, and totally self-taught. Where,
he asked me with a giant grin one day at Alabamas wonderful Kentuck
Festival, would anyone go to school to learn how to use a blowtorch
with a plastic paint bucket to turn it into something useful? I
knew the answer then and know it now. After so much publicity, acclaim
and sales, many thousand of new fans and collectors rank The Bucket man
at the pinnacle of artists who create from the soul.
is the consummate loner, a prototypical country boy who personifies Hank
Williams, Jrs musical pledge, that A Country Boy Can Survive.
Im not sure I ever saw him in shoes, whether it was below freezing
or on an asphalt pavement in Sahara-like conditions. Danny doesnt
do anything for effect or to show off. What you see is what you get. Delightful,
whimsical, raw, likeable and honest. Throw in some smiles and laughter
and you get some notion of where his fantastic visions probably come from.
The Bucket man does East Tennessee proud. With more and more
recognition, his sales are increasing and he deservers the best. Danny
tells a story with each creation. There are ancient images embedded in
the mountains and valleys of his part of the South. There is a great storytelling
tradition as well. That he has transformed this from his minds eye to
literally recycle rubbish into a wonderful work of art for a corporate
boardroom or a living room where people want brightness and levity in
their art is a remarkable achievement.
Danny The Bucketman likely isnt very concerned with
his well-earned fame. I came to that conclusion one frosty north Georgia
morning when I thought I was going to freeze to death and he, barefooted
with a T-shirt on, was showing me some of the new figures he had just
brought to life.
still laugh when I think about him, which I do each day in my den with
his grinning winged crocodile staring impishly at me.
Bucket man has critters you absolutely must see. The best way to find
Danny is to call him at 423.284.4941, or write him at P. O. Box 162, Benton,
Tennessee 37037. Youll be a better person for the experience. Danny
has a special place in Folk Art.