Enzo MarraArtist, Journalist
Having studied towards a BA at the University of Reading and and an MA at the University of Brighton, Enzo Marra's creative practise is concerned with the exploration and pictorial analysis of the artworld via oil, ink and graphite applications over canvas and paper supports.
He has been exploring the settings of the studio, the gallery, the auction house and the activities of observers to this world. Through the use of such subject matter on paper and canvas both applied in a tonal reflective manner. On canvas applied also with textural approximations to enliven the whole support, bringing the pigment as well as the subject matter to life.
He has been occupied with how the artworld can be seen from the insiders and the outsiders point of view, the valuing of artworks and their auctioning for astonomic figures, the processes and activities that occur behind the privacy of studio doors, the hanging and display of works animated by the commodified space of the gallery, the milling of observers in gallery spaces, the way that their presence then gives life and purpose to the works on display.
The use of texture is of great importance in his practise as he feel that it gives oil paints an added dimension and gives the brush used a necessary dominance in the final image created. The dragging away and building up of pigment as relevant in the final image, as the tonality and colour balance that they are used to express.
These works having allowed him to be involved in the Crash Open Salon 2013 at the Charlie Dutton Gallery, the Threadneedle Prize in 2010, 2012 and 2013, Gfest in 2010, Charlie Smith Anthology in 2011, and the Open West at Gloucester Cathedral and the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012.
He has also recently been included on the shortlist for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow and was given an honourable mention in the Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art 2013.
As well as being represented by Tania Wade at http://www.hooliganartdealer.com in London, his works are also available via http://www.ink-d.co.uk in Brighton, http://www.opus-art.com in Stow on the Wold and http://www.redpropeller.co.uk in Devon.
2001 MA Fine Art, University of Brighton
1999 BA Fine Art, University of Reading
2015 Observers, The Job Centre as part of Deptford X, Deptford
2015 Wall Floor & Table, Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham
2015 Adorations, Hooligan Art Dealer, London
2011 Demigods, WW Gallery, London
2009 Burning, Hackney Empire, London
2009 One of Us, artist residence, Brighton
2009 solo show, Fish Factory, Worthing
2008 solo show, Eaton Terrace Gallery, London
2015 Project Berlin in association with Factory Art Projects
2015 Angus Hughes Summer Show, Angus Hughes Gallery, London
2015 Flash Salon in association with the Undead Painters, Bond House Gallery, London
2015 London Gay Pride 2015, Take Me Home Projects, London
2015 The Writing on the Wall, The Painting Center, New York
2015 Let Grass Roots Grow, Aside Bside Gallery, Hackney
2015 Controcanto, Yellow Artist Run Space, Varese, Italy
2015 Back with a Bang 3D, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2015 Back with a Bang 2D, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2015 Main Fair with Ink_d Gallery at London Art Fair, London
2014 Delicartessen 13, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona
2014 GFEST, Menier Gallery, London
2014 Wash, Resort Studios, Margate
2014 (Detail),Transition gallery, London
2014 V.I.C, Pont-Chevron, France
2014 Troika, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2014 London Gay Pride 2014 - Freedom To, Take Me Home Projects, London
2014 A Slice Of Summer, Ink_d gallery, Brighton
2014 Pushing Paint, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2014 (Detail), H-Project Space, Bangkok
2014 A5 Platform projects @ Art-Athina, Greece
2014 Annual Pride Art Exhibition 2014, Clifford Chance, London
2014 Platform for Emerging Arts II (Ancient/Modern), Leyden Gallery, London
2014 This space we are, The International 3, Manchester
2013 Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists, LAN ART, London
2013 32 paintings, pheonix brighton, brighton
2013 Beautiful ~ Things, Next Door Projects, Unit C19, Albert Dock, Liverpool
2013 London Gay Pride 2013 - Bringing Pride Back, Take Me Home Projects, London
2013 CREEKSIDE OPEN 2013, Art in Perpetuity Trust, Deptford
2013 Together LGBT Group Show, Occupy My Time Gallery, Deptford
2012 Art Projects with WW Gallery, London Art Fair, London
2012 Diamond Geezer, WW Gallery, Clerkenwell, London
2012 Head & Whole 2: Talking Heads, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2011 Afternoon Tea, Venice Biennale, Venice
2010 GFEST, Atrium, Hampstead Town Hall, London
2010 Is There Anybody There?, WW Gallery, London
2010 Summer Exhibitionists, WW Gallery, London
2009 against the wall, underdogartco, London
2009 Conflict Resolution, Gallery at Willesden Green, London
2009 PG: Parental Guidance, WW Gallery, London
2009 Travelling Light, WW Gallery and 53rd Venice Biennale (collateral event), London/Venice
competitions,prizes and awards
2015 London Group Open, Cello Factory, London
2015 Zeitgeist Open, ZeitgeistArtProjects, London
2015 Neo:Artprize, Neo:Gallery27, Bolton
2015 Creekside Open selected by Richard Deacon, APT Gallery, Deptford, London
2014 included in long list for John Moores Painting Prize
2014 included in long list for Charlie Smith Anthology
2014 Beep Wales, Elysium Gallery, Swansea (Highly Commended)
2014 Zeitgeist Open, ZeitgeistArtsProjects, London
2014 Barbican Artworks Open 2014, Artworks Project Space, London
2014 Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh
2014 Collectors Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, California
2013-2014 Charlie Dutton Crash Open 2013
2013 included on shortlist for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow
2013 given an honourable mention in the Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art
2013 Creekside Open selected by Ceri Hand, APT Gallery, Deptford, London
2013 Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, APT Gallery, Deptford, London
2013 The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2012 John Moores Painting Prize , Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2012 The Open West, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
2012 The Threadneedle Prize , Mall Galleries, London
2011 Anthology, Charlie Smith Gallery, London
2010 The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
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|Activities||Practice-based research, Art historical research, Residencies, Journalism, Critical writing, Creative writing, Collecting|
|Artforms / type of project||Curatorial project, Drawing, Painting|