Danny Rolph East Central
28th September – 6th November 2016
‘I grew up in the sky, one hundred foot above City Road. The view from our kitchen window contained sunset and sunrises of the type that Tiepolo imagines populated by architectural silhouettes of St Paul’s, the Old Bailey and the Post Office Tower.’' –Danny Rolph
Entitled East Central, the show is an installation made up of four of Rolph’s signature ‘triplewall’ paintings, each one drawing on the artist’s memories of growing up in East Central London, and offering an extraordinary palimpsest of historical and modern architecture, skyscapes and light.
The seemingly chaotic and colourful paintings are created by layering sculptural polycarbonate with expressionistic brushwork and collaged imagery, explosions of geometric shapes with kaleidoscopic movement. Abstract and anarchic yet controlled, his works are characterised by a sense of energy.
Says curator Sharon Newton: ‘These beautiful paintings capture the dynamism of the city, and are reflective of the areas in which Danny grew up. While they are arranged as an installation, each work is self-contained, revealing a highly personalised response to each of the districts of East Central London.’
For more information, please contact Albany Arts Communications:
Jessica Clifford, firstname.lastname@example.org m: + 44 (0) 74 81 462 625
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Notes to Editors:
Born in London in 1967, Danny Rolph holds a BA (Hons) Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art, and an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art. He is a Visiting Professor in Fine Art at Bucks New University, and a Visiting Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools. He has been nominated for the Sovereign European Art Prize and Hamlyn Award, and has received numerous prizes including the John Minton Travel Award, a Delfina Trust Award, the London Arts Visual Arts Award, and was a Scholar at the British School at Rome.
Recent solo exhibitions include Recollection, 532 Gallery, New York (2015); Paradiso, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston (2014); Atelier, E.S.A.D., Valence, France (2013). His work has been shown in many group shows, in galleries in the UK and abroad, and is held in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tate Britain, as well as in several major private collections. Rolph recently completed a large installation for Facebook HQ, and lives and works in London.
Sharon Newton read History of Art at Warwick University. She then studied in Italy, pursuing her interest for Early Renaissance Art. On returning to the UK, she set up a service industry company, which she sold four years ago. Since then she has worked exclusively in the art world, including at the Hales Gallery, London, where she was a consultant. Newton has worked with CNB on two previous occasions, curating exhibitions by the photographer Jeremy Hunter, and the contemporary painter and installation artist Wayne Lucas.
From 15th to 28th September, HIX ART will be open by appointment. For the duration of the exhibition, the gallery will be open Monday to Sunday, 11am – 6pm.