The John Jones Artist Surfaces and Framing teams worked with Poppy Sebire Gallery on the exhibition ‘Kissing Balloons in the jungle’, a collection of work by contemporary painter Danny Rolph. In his paintings, Danny samples cultural and historical references to create chaotic, abstract images. These references range from children’s clothing to particle physics, and this latest collection is formed of large scale acrylic paintings on canvas that investigate the language of collage. The pastel shaded backgrounds and candy colours of these works evoke fantasy and enlightenment. However, these notions are deceptive, as plastic forms quickly emerge as jarring, discordant and fragmented.
This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at Poppy Sebire Gallery, and we are delighted to have produced 16 enormous 7 x 6 ft Museum Standard canvases for the show. These professional painting surfaces have been produced using the finest acrylic primed cotton duck canvas material. This pre-treated fabric allows the artist to begin work immediately on a smooth, high quality surface. Using a carefully sized and primed canvas ensures that the surface will not be penetrated by the paint, which can cause long-term deterioration and rot. The John Jones design team have also framed several exerts from Rolph’s sketchbooks, revealing the artist’s working practices. These pages have been presented on 100% cotton archival mount boards, and framed in the finest maple wood. Each frame has been stained and waxed with a deep brown/grey finish, and glazed with ultra violet light filtered Perspex, designed to protect the work from harmful sun and electric light long-term. These modern square profile frame designs complement the contemporary painting style of this talented artist.