A reader of Blueprint, artist Danny Rolph has created an instalation for the magazine’s new headquarters off Fleet Street. The painting, Asquith,
forms part of the Twinwall series, which are all named after British Prime Ministers, and is influenced by Rolph’s love of architecture.
With a layered network of lines, three-dimentional forms and collaged images and text, the work alludes to 1980’s record sleeves, constructivism and pop art.
Rolph, a studio based-artist who rarley undertakes commissions, studied at the Royal Collage of Art (RCA) where he was friendly with several architects
including David Adjaye. He was invited to exhibit at this years Royal Academy Summer Exhibition by Will Alsop and his painting caught the eye of Blueprint’s
owner, Michael Danson, who approached the artist with a commission.
Rolph says that his work is created intuitively without plans or records of his ideas. For Asquith, he painted and collaged four planes of triple wall
polycarbonate, a material he has worked with since the 1990s. He also works on canvas and paper, but finds that polycarbonate gives a spatial dynamic.
‘It’s an industrial material but can be elegantly transformed, cut up and muddied with paint,’ he says. Its fluted construction recalls the lines of writing paper,
and provides an underlying structure for Rolph’s chaotic imagery. Pages from Blueprint and other publications in the group, New Statesman and idFX, have been
incorporated. Rolph explains: ‘Mike asked me tentatively if I’d like to include them, and i was delighted to because of my interest in Warhol and collage.
I’ve been reading Blueprint since the mid Eighties, so it made sense’.
Rolph also has local connections. His father was a printer, who worked on Fleet Street, and he grew up in Clerkenwell, now the heart of London’s design community.
His work has always been influenced by architecture. ‘I love its capacity to implode and fail heroically, and I’m also interested in the potential for painting to
make us think differently about the spaces we inhabit,’ he says.
Currently, Rolph is Visiting Fellow at Winchester School of Art and is working towards an exhibition, Automatic Shoes, at Poppy Sebire gallery in 2010.