Enzo Marra

Enzo Marra’s creative practise is concerned with the exploration and pictorial analysis of the art world.

My creative practice is concerned with the exploration and pictorial analysis of the art world. I have been occupied with how the art world can be seen from the insiders and the outsiders point of view, the valuing of artworks and their auctioning for astronomic 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 my practice as I 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. 

Education

2001- MA Fine Art, University of Brighton
1999- BA Fine Art, University of Reading

Solo Exhibitions

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- Life Lines, Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe
2016- The Names, Transition gallery, London
2016- Art Suzhou, LAN ART, China

2015- Delicatessen 14, Galleria 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- Delicatessen 13, Galleria 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-Athena, 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, phoenix 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- Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2015- London Group Open, Cello Factory, London
2015- Zeitgeist Open, Zeitgeist Art Projects, London
2015- Neo: Art prize, Neo:Gallery27, Bolton
2015- Creekside Open selected by Richard Deacon, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2014- included in long list for John Moore’s Painting Prize
2014- included in long list for Charlie Smith Anthology
2014- Beep Wales, Elysium Gallery, Swansea (Highly Commended)
2014- Zeitgeist Open, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, 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 honorable 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