Danny Rolph makes complex multi-level ‘triplewall’ paintings and also more conventional paintings on canvas, drawings and collages. His work reflects a range of interests, sampling disparate cultural and historical references from kids’ clothes patterning to particle physics. The resulting abstract images appear non-hierarchical and chaotic, with a range of shapes and textures on their surfaces.
Rolph’s working process involves creating miniature collages and drawings with paper, plastic and card, in order to experiment with larger ideas and compositions. His first set of etchings "PW", made as a special co-publication with the Royal Academy Schools, have added a new ingredient to Rolphs’ studio practice.
Recent solo exhibitions have included Multiverse, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston (2010); Brasilia, Koraalberg Gallery, Antwerp (2010); Automatic Shoes, Poppy Sebire, London (2010); Simultaneous Dreams, AR / Contemporary, Milan (2009) and There is no such thing as pure, Hales Gallery, London (2006). Group exhibitions include Around the World in 80 Days, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles (2012, touring); London-Berlin, Galerie Fruehsorge, Berlin (2011); Drawing Room 2011, Drawing Room, London (2011); Fate and Freewill, Contemporary Art Space, Riverside, CA (2009); Obsession, University of Leeds Gallery, Leeds (2009) and Park Avenue, Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire (2008).
Rolph’s work is in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tate Britain, as well as several major private collections in London, New York, Dallas and Beirut. A monograph was published by Broken Glass in 2007.
Rolph holds an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art. He was born 1967 in London, where he continues to live and work.