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DANNY ROLPH : Learning the Language

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DANNY ROLPH

Danny Rolph is back with another stunning silkscreen to complete his tropical trio of prints launched last year. Taking inspiration from his travels and memories of Mauritius, ‘Encompass’ joins 'Encounter’ and 'Endeavour’ and is available in an edition size of 30 prints.

Launched at this years London Original Print Fair, all three of his editions are now available to purchase on our website. On Sunday 6th May we were lucky to be joined by the artist who gave an in depth talk about his work.

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Encompass
2018
Silkscreen
Edition Size 30
Image size: 700 x 985mm
Paper size: 725 x 1010mm

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Rolph is careful and deliberate with his choice of colours. The blended pink and yellow background represents the exotic Mauritian sunrises, with the black gesturing to a topographical map of the island. The five elements in vibrant yellow, pink, pale turquoise, silver and white, echo the shapes he drew on the island; with pink, yellow and white mirroring the ground and a sudden slice of silver bringing the eye back into the composition. A gentle wisp of pale turquoise billows across the top like a silk scarf or a tropical bird lightly 'kissing’ the dominant shape.

'Encompass’ completes the trio perfectly, complimenting his previously considered compositions and choice of layered textures and glazes in 'Encounter’ and 'Endeavour’. Rolph considers this print a summary of his time and experiences spent on the island.

Acknowledged globally for his multi-layered, colourful paintings, Danny’s 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 the Indian Ocean, 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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Endeavour
2018
Silkscreen
Edition Size 30
Image size: 700 x 985mm
Paper size: 725 x 1010mm

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Following on from ‘Encounter’, Rolph’s second silkscreen print explores the printing process further, finding particular enjoyment in the use of finishes and glazes. Originally intended to be grey, the silver additions to the left and right of the print add depth and a new dimension to the colourful base, while the vivid pink at the bottom is broken up by a single line of glaze enhancing the multi-layered effect Rolph is best known for.

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Encounter
2018
Silkscreen
Edition Size 15
Image size: 700 x 985mm
Paper size: 725 x 1010mm

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Usually finding inspiration in philosophy, poetry and history, Rolph wanted to produce a print that related to his current interests in the studio. Having only produced one silkscreen edition before, Rolph saw creating this edition as an opportunity to allow him time to investigate the process further, which he found informative and exhilarating in equal measure.

“Recently I swam in the Indian Ocean and encountered colours, animals and geology I had only previously seen on TV. The experience of being in such a stimulating, other worldly environment influenced my choices quite strikingly in ‘Encounter’. The objective in using these particular shapes, forms and colours was to communicate the experience I had in nature and to expand my visual vocabulary in a new direction.” - Danny Rolph

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