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Danny Rolph captures east central London skylines in new exhibition

PUBLISHED: 14:25 05 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:25 05 October 2016

Danny Rolph. Picture: Stuart Hartley

Danny Rolph. Picture: Stuart Hartley

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London’s distinctive skyline gets an expressionistic makeover in Danny Rolph’s latest exhibition at the CNB Gallery in Shoreditch.

Danny Rolph's EC1Danny Rolph's EC1

London’s distinctive skyline gets an expressionistic makeover in Danny Rolph’s latest exhibition at the CNB Gallery in Shoreditch.

Rolph’s exhibition, East Central, is an installation made up of four of his signature paintings. The characteristically geometric pieces are created on triplewall with a combination of colourful paintwork and collage.

The artist, despite being born and raised in London, is better known in the United States, in 1999 becoming the youngest artist to have work in the permanent collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“I grew up in the sky, one hundred foot above City Road,” says Rolph.

“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.”

Each of the four pieces, named EC1, EC2, EC3 and EC4, is based on a view of the London cityscape.

“These beautiful paintings capture the dynamism of the city, and are reflective of the areas in which Danny grew up,” says curator Sharon Newton.

“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.”

CNB Gallery was established by restaurateur Mark Hix when he set up chicken and steak eatery Tramshed upstairs.

Rolph has recently exhibited in New York, Houston and France, and the Tate Britain holds his work in their public collection.

East Central shows at CNB Gallery until November 6.

Downstairs at Tramshed, 32 Rivington Street, Shoreditch.

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