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Danny Rolph

Danny Rolph

Born in London in 1967, Danny Rolph has been a professional artist for 24 years and has gained international acclaim exhibiting all over the world. After completing his degree in Fine Art at the Winchester School of Art he went on to achieve an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. Since 2009 he has been a professor of Fine Art at Bucks News University and has taught at various other post-graduate institutions including the Royal Academy Schools and Royal College of Art. He is currently represented by 532gallery Thomas Jaeckel (NYC) and Barbara Davis Gallery (Houston). His work is held in many important private collections including Facebook HQ, Speyer Tishmann, Goldman Sachs, Duke and Duchess of Westminster as well as The Metropolitan Museum NYC and The Tate Gallery London.

Rolph 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 and the London Visual Arts Award. He was also appointed Scholar at the British School at Rome. He lives and works in London.

At secondary school he discovered his love for art through an inspirational teacher, Iain Rutherford, who gave him a book on Mondrian and some oil paints and encouraged him to think with his hands.  Danny admires and is inspired by many artists including Uccello, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, De kooning, Georgia O’Keefe, Agnes Martin, Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Hilma of Klimt, Donald Judd, Jasper Johns, Thomas Noszkowski, Julian Schnabel, Laura Owens and Chris Ofili.

World renowned for his multi-layered, abstract, colourful paintings, his seemingly chaotic work reflects the dynamism of his surroundings. He is inspired by the cities of London, New York and Rome as well as the deserts of West Texas and New Mexico, whose sunsets appear as a recurring motif in the background of his work. His colour choices are instinctive and deliberate and echo the environment around him. The artist continually questions surface tension and spatial relations via the mediums of Triplewall plastic and canvas surfaces, embracing doubt and discovery within the creative process.


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