DAVID ROCK : From 50s Architectural Drawings to Recent Paintings

5th to 25th February 2010

A mini-retrospective of David Rock‘s architectural drawings and recent paintings will shortly go on display at Eleven Spitalfields in London. This extensive solo exhibition will be fascinating in that it will combine architecture and art – spanning the last forty years of David Rock’s career as both an artist and an award-winning architect.

On show will be some of the large presentation drawings of his prize-winning student and post-graduate schemes, sketches from the 1950’s, paintings from the 1960s and 1970s, and some of his recent paintings and drawings.

David Rock, Soane Medallion Award

David Rock, Soane Medallion Award

In many of Rock’s recent watercolour paintings and line drawings there is a constant interest in texture, weathering, colour and detail in the built environment – vital, he says, to the pursuit of architecture.  They also show his fascination with the history of buildings evidenced in their facades, and the humour of ‘the messy intrusions of urban life’ – in all the paraphernalia of TV aerials, wires, road signs and the unsung, and often strange layers of town and village that most of us hardly notice – but, unlike the ‘unsung’ subjects in his recent work, this exhibition is one not to be overlooked.

David Rock Shoreditch II, watercolour painting

David Rock, Shoreditch II, watercolour painting

The exhibition runs from the 5th to 25th February 2010 at Eleven Spitalfields, 11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6QH.

Click here to download David Rock exhibition press release (64kb pdf).