Photo: Enzo Marra in London

Enzo Marra

Artist, 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 in London, his works are also available via in Brighton, in Stow on the Wold and in Devon.

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Location London
Activities Practice-based research, Art historical research, Residencies, Journalism, Critical writing, Creative writing, Collecting
Artforms / type of project Curatorial project, Drawing, Painting

News & Events

  • pushing paint

    13/06/2014 – 13/07/2014
    ink-d gallery

    A group of selected artists has been chosen to represent contemporary painting, the show will focus on the differing uses of the same medium and the differing styles of the artists.

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  • A5

    15/05/2014 – 18/05/2014
    faliron pavilion, athens, greece

    LUBOMIROV-EASTON is exhibiting a number of international artists, the only restriction on artwork is that it must fit inside an A5 envelope.

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    16/06/2014 – 18/07/2014
    clifford chance

    Mixed media works by Mark Davey, Simon Foxall, CJ Mahoney, Enzo Marra, David Lock, Fiona Shaw, Eline McGeoroge, Ryan Riddington

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  • (detail)

    05/06/2014 – 06/07/2014
    h space gallery

    (detail) is an innovative exhibition that features the work of 118 international artists, each of whom have selected a close-up from one of their paintings.

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  • artworks open 2014

    07/06/2014 – 15/06/2014
    artworks project space

    The show this year is selected by David Kefford and Paul Johnson. £1,000 and £500 prizes. The show will take place during Walthamstow’s E17 Art Trail Festival.

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  • paint like you mean it

    28/05/2014 – 14/06/2014
    interview room 11

    IR11 is pleased to present its first biennial painting prize and exhibition Paint Like You Mean It 2014. 32 shortlisted works feature in the exhibition.

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  • platform for emerging arts II (ancient/modern)

    30/04/2014 – 10/05/2014
    leyden gallery

    Leyden Gallery is proud to present the second of their Platform for Emerging Arts shows. Once again our curated exhibition features a select group of emerging and graduate artists.

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  • collectors' choice

    23/04/2014 – 24/05/2014
    sylvia white gallery

    For this exhibition, Sylvia White invited 15 of the gallery's best collectors to review the artist submissions and select their favorite works by artists not currently in their private collections.

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  • this space we are

    29/03/2014 – 02/05/2014
    international 3

    This space we are, is the first exhibition in The International 3’s new temporary space at 142 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 6AF.

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  • Charlie Dutton Crash Open 2013

    12/12/2013 – 11/01/2014
    Charlie Dutton Gallery

    Located in the heart of London, the annual Crash Open Salon show has been curated by artists Phillip Allen and Neal Tait &Time Out art editor Martin Coomer.

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