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Colourinky wallpaper inspired by abstract expressionist painters

Colourinky by Robert Sangster Surface Design for Rollout

In the right hands, digital and analog have a tendency to come together to dramatic results. In the case of Robert Sangster's new wallpaper design Colourinky, the effect is downright otherworldly. Part of Toronto manufacturer Rollout's recent launch of three collections by three designers (Los Angeles-based David Palmer and Vancouver artist Ryan Tomkinson round out the trio), the motif was originally developed for the PrideHouse Lounge during the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Sangster's handmade motif was inspired by the abstract expressionism of painters Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis. The version for Rollout, digitized so it can be printed to order in various sizes and colours on commercial-grade vinyl, added a second layer of inspiration: "I attend a lot of concerts and it occurred to me that this method of painting was also reminiscent of stage lighting, which is something else that fascinates me," Sangster says. "I like being immersed in this aura of saturated colour and I wanted to do a piece that carried that sensation." – $15 per square foot through rollout.ca

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