Approved: 26.02.2012

Enzo Marra

Artist, Journalist

Approved: 26.02.2012

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.

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Art historical research, Residencies, Journalism, Critical writing, Creative writing, Collecting
  • Categories: Curatorial, Drawing, Painting
 
 

Biography

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 hand 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, 2013 and 2016, Beep Wales in 2014 and 2016, Gfest in 2010, Charlie Smith Anthology in 2011, the Open West at Gloucester Cathedral in 2012 and the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012 and 2016.

He has also 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.

His works are available via Tania Wade at http://www.hooliganartdealer.com in London, Saul Hay Fine Art in Manchester http://www.saulhayfineart.co.uk, the Tregony Gallery in Cornwall http://www.tregonygallery.co.uk, the Red Propeller Gallery in Devon http://www.redpropeller.co.uk as well as via the Stowaway Gallery http://stowawaygallery.com, Riseart http://www.riseart.com and Newbloodart http://newbloodart.com. 

CV & Education

Enzo Marra

 

training 

2001 MA Fine Art, University of Brighton

1999 BA Fine Art, University of Reading

 

solo exhibitions

2016 Adorations at the Farm, The Farm, London

 

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

 

group exhibitions

2016 To Please a Few, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2016 DelicARTessen 15, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona

2016 Winter/16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2016 30x30x34 CBP Winter Exhibition,St Marylebone Parish Church, London

2016 Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, London

2016 Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool

2016 ONE, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

2016 ICONS, Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester

2016 A Poe-tic Tribute, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Virginia, USA

2016 The Beautiful is Always Bizarre, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2016 CBP Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

2016 Summer 16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2016 Summer Exhibition, St Annes Galleries, Lewes

2016 Harold loves Maude, Good Goat Gallery, Ohio

2016 Art is a lie that reveals the truth, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2016 Echoes and Scenes/16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2016 30/30, Transition Gallery, London

2016 Life Lines, Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe

2016 The Names, Transition gallery, London

2016 Art Suzhou, LAN ART, China

 

2015 Delicartessen 14, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona

2015 Christmas Show, St Annes Galleries, Lewes

2015 Bozar De L'Abbatoir, Belgium

2015 Contemporary British Painting, St Marylebone Parish Church, London

2015 Bozar De L'Abbatoir, Holland

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 Summer Group Show, Mead Carney Gallery, 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

2016 Beep Wales 2016, Undegun, Wrexham

2016 Beep Wales 2016, Swansea College of Art, Swansea

2016 John Moores Painting Prize 2016, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

 

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