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. read full statement

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

News & Events

  • 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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