Enzo Marra

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“The deep green that the black linearities exist upon, a strongly natural voice in its final resolution despite its enamel sheen.” 


Marra's art works is an echo of German expressionism (Georg Baselitz, Frank Auerbach) which lives through his paintings, drawings and sculptures. 

 

Enzo Marra is a painter and visual artist born in 1975 in Bournemouth (United Kingdom), he currently lives in London. 

 

The artist previously was involved in working from photographic sources exploring images related to the world of art, artists, studios, galleries, collectors, auctions.


The artist has developed a cold and brutal iconographic language, which questions the viewer on the identity of the subjects concerned. The immediacy and speed of execution of his unique methods guarantee the freedom with which he defines his art works.

 

The immediacy of his painting constitutes Marra's signature, an immediacy of the gesture, which presents itself as a mass of simplified forms. His paintings bear witness to a powerful desire of singularity : the rendering struck by the tension between figuration and abstraction. 

 

The expressed themes are made visible through linear passages of painting applied instinctively.

 

The Meeting of the Spirits (2020) is a series of works which relates to the conversation between the raw medium and the plastic intervention of the artist, allowing the past to coexist with the future.

 

« The characteristics of what constitutes a canvas reduced to their bare essentials, black linear elements which suggest the support which a multitude of artworks depend upon. The panel that Marra worked on, a found previously utilised record, was begging to be given extra gravitas and presence via further painterly additions. The canvas schematics allowing the scrawls, smudges and drips to be framed and given a new context to exist within. The past and present of the support, the hands and minds that applied each pigment trace, the resurrection of it to a very different visual formation. »

 

 The series of Bird Mutations (2020), represent crows from different angles and permutations in his recent works and testifies to an obsession, and a long observation: « Their clumsiness, the acuity of their sound ». Symbolically, they inspire concern and mysticism, but their behavior hides shyness and mistrust.

 

 Voyeur (2020), this enamel and hammerite image was painted by Marra in the early period of the lockdown. « An evocation of separation and distance from human contact, symbolised by the wall that separates the figure behind it from the viewer stood in front of it. The encounter difficult to apply a human quality to as the bottom segment of face is wall hidden. The ability to spend time and communicate limited by the physical wall and the walls set up by society in this difficult time. »

 

 Cliff Dweller (2020), was also executed early into the lockdown. « It’s mood and sense of futility expressed via the figure with its hunched over pose and its carefully considered and highly specific location in the world. The concept of the cliff face, the end point of land, of certainty, of dependable fact and reassurance, alive within lived culture with its reported sporadic self imposed fatalities. The emptiness of directly evoked landscape, grass uprisings and cliff drop angles, three high trees reaching into the darkness, a small far seen moon, nothing else, only the viewer and a figure who refuses to meet your eye, allow you an insight into what he is contemplating, what his beyond painting life could involve. »

 

 Deadwood Top Heavy Stack (2020), is a small scale development of the dead wood theme, this time using the rounds of wood in a sculptural manner, forming a pedestal, an alterpiece, an intimate table or a manageable seat. 

 

« The transformative qualities of alternative arrangements, allowing the cut down lengths and rounds to become something more than the utilitarian products they will factory become. The power of the viewers instinctive and societal associations, as relevant to the seen image as the paint that is deployed over the canvas support. The deep green that the black linearities exist upon, a strongly natural voice in its final resolution despite its enamel sheen. »

Text : Isabelle CAPALBO

Photo : Jake Cattell

Solo Exhibitions


2020 

• Art in the bar, Elysium gallery, Swansea

• Deluge, Aleph Contemporary

2018 

• Transition, Hooligan Art Dealer, London

• Personal Fictions, System Gallery, Newcastle

2017 

• Siblings, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow

• Drawn Out Encounters, Studio One Gallery, London

2016 

• Adorations at the Farm, The Farm, London

2015 

• Observers, The Job Centre as part of Deptford X, Deptford

• Wall Floor & Table, Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham

• Adorations, Hooligan Art Dealer, London

2011 

• Demigods, WW Gallery, London

2009 

• Burning, Hackney Empire, London

• One of Us, artist residence, Brighton

• Solo show, Fish Factory, Worthing

2008 

• Solo show, Eaton Terrace Gallery, London


Selected group exhibitions


2020 

• Vitalistic fantasies, Contemporary British Painting

• The Importance of Paper, Bos Gallery 

• Yes/No CBP Virtual Open Studios

• Enough is Definitely Enough, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough

• Queer Contemporaries, Air Gallery, Altrincham

• Art/Sold/Differently, Bos Gallery

• Museum of You, The Beaney, Canterbury

• Materiality international online group show

• Identity Exhibition, Bos Gallery

• Relationships – An Artists Perspective, Bos gallery

• Picture Palace, Transition gallery, London

• Enough is Definitely Enough, Oceans Apart, Salford

• Beyond Other Horizons, Iasi Palace of Culture, Romania

• Deluge, 139artspace, Greenwich


2019

• DelicARTessen 18, Esther Montoriol gallery, Barcelona

• Black and White Christmas, Pineapple black gallery, Middlesbrough

• Traces of Light, Tregony Gallery, Truro

• A Little Painting Show, Dead Pigeon Gallery, Liverpool

• Wash 2, Angela Flowers Ireland Inc, Rosscarbery

• Larroque Art Fest 2019, Galerie La Vielle Poste, France

• Paint, PS Mirabel, Manchester

• Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy, London

• A Little Painting Show, OA Studios, Salford

• Archipelago, Walthamstow Wetlands, London

• Contemporary British Painting, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

• It Looked Like a Painting I Once Knew, Rug Gallery, Cardiff 

• I am Made in Britain, National Gallery of Poland, Gdansk 

• Enough is Definitely Enough, General Practise, Lincoln

• Hot Gin, Brick Lane Gallery, London

• Assemble, Nyne Gallery in association with Tregony Gallery, London


2018

• Winter Group Show 2018/2019, Linden Hall Gallery, Deal

• New Painting, CBP Winter Exhibition, St Marylebone Crypt, London

• Stars on Canvas, One Heddon Street, London

• The Anonymous HeaART Project

• Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester

• Summer Night City, Inspire Gallery, Dublin

• Figure, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

• Esposition L'art la Politique Contemporain Del'improvisation, Belgium

• Thresholds, Gonzo Unit, Greece

• Summer Salon 2018, Islington Arts Factory, London

• Emergent Forms, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• Towards the Light, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• Crossings : Art and Christianity Now, Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire

• La Liberte Comme Embleme D'echec, Perwez, Brussels

• Diptych Triptych Polyptych, PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester


2017-2018

• Spaces Beyond, Kryon Gallery, Amsterdam
• Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin, China


2017

• Drawing In, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• Liberty as an Emblem of Failure, Sambreville, Belgium

• Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing, China

• Borderline, Red Propeller Gallery, Devon

• Anniversary, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

• Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, Artall Gallery, Nanjing, China

• Testcard P, St Marylebone Church Crypt, London

• Wall, Window, World, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• Anything Goes, Bermondsey Project Space, London

• Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, The Yantai Art Museum, China

• Sea of Colour, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• Van Der Plas Gallery, New York

• Outer Space, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• Art Is Not a Puzzle, Tichborne Gallery, Brighton

• Painting Now, Studio One Gallery, London

• Storyboard, Lubomirov – Angus Hughes Gallery, London

• End Is By Ur, Elysium Gallery, Swansea

• Tales in Light, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• Portico Gallery, Manchester

• Duchamp 100yrs later, Aldeburgh Lookout, Aldeburgh


2016 

• To Please a Few, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

• DelicARTessen 15, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona

• Winter/16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

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

• Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, London

• Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool

• ONE, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

• ICONS, Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester

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

• The Beautiful is Always Bizarre, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

• CBP Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

• Summer 16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• Summer Exhibition, St Annes Galleries, Lewes

• Harold loves Maude, Good Goat Gallery, Ohio

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

• Echoes and Scenes/16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

• 30/30, Transition Gallery, London

• Life Lines, Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe

• The Names, Transition gallery, London

• Art Suzhou, LAN ART, China


2015 

• Delicartessen 14, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona

• Christmas Show, St Annes Galleries, Lewes

• Bozar De L'Abbatoir, Belgium

• Contemporary British Painting, St Marylebone Parish Church, London

• Bozar De L'Abbatoir, Holland

• Project Berlin in association with Factory Art Projects

• Angus Hughes Summer Show, Angus Hughes Gallery, London

• Flash Salon in association with the Undead Painters, Bond House Gallery, London

• London Gay Pride 2015, Take Me Home Projects, London

• Summer Group Show, Mead Carney Gallery, London

• The Writing on the Wall, The Painting Center, New York

• Let Grass Roots Grow, Aside Bside Gallery, Hackney

• Controcanto, Yellow Artist Run Space, Varese, Italy

• Back with a Bang 3D, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

• Back with a Bang 2D, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

• Main Fair with Ink_d Gallery at London Art Fair, London


2014 

• Delicartessen 13, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona

• GFEST, Menier Gallery, London

• Wash, Resort Studios, Margate

• (Detail),Transition gallery, London

• V.I.C, Pont-Chevron, France

• Troika, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin

• London Gay Pride 2014 - Freedom To, Take Me Home Projects, London

• A Slice Of Summer, Ink_d gallery, Brighton

• Pushing Paint, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

• (Detail), H-Project Space, Bangkok

• A5 Platform projects @ Art-Athina, Greece

• Annual Pride Art Exhibition 2014, Clifford Chance, London

• Platform for Emerging Arts II (Ancient/Modern), Leyden Gallery, London

• This space we are, The International 3, Manchester


2013 

• Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists, LAN ART, London

• 32 paintings, pheonix brighton, brighton

• Beautiful ~ Things, Next Door Projects, Unit C19, Albert Dock, Liverpool

• London Gay Pride 2013 - Bringing Pride Back, Take Me Home Projects, London

• CREEKSIDE OPEN 2013, Art in Perpetuity Trust, Deptford

• Together LGBT Group Show, Occupy My Time Gallery, Deptford


2012 

• Art Projects with WW Gallery, London Art Fair, London

• Diamond Geezer, WW Gallery, Clerkenwell, London

• Head & Whole 2: Talking Heads, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby


2011 

• Afternoon Tea, Venice Biennale, Venice


2010 

• GFEST, Atrium, Hampstead Town Hall, London

• Is There Anybody There?, WW Gallery, London

• Summer Exhibitionists, WW Gallery, London


2009

• against the wall, underdogartco, London

• Conflict Resolution, Gallery at Willesden Green, London

PG: Parental Guidance, WW Gallery, London

• Travelling Light, WW Gallery and 53rd Venice Biennale (collateral event), London/Venice

Training


2001 

• MA Fine Art, University of Brighton


1999 

• BA Fine Art, University of Reading



Competitions, Prizes and Awards


2020

• Wells Art Contemporary

• Ty Pawb Open, Ty Pawb, Wrexham

 • Hastings Open 2020, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery


2019 

• Neo : artprize 2019, Bolton Museum

• Included in Contemporary Visions longlist for Beers London


2018 

• Shortlisted for the Evening Standard Art Prize

• Included in long list for John Moores Painting Prize



2017 

• Pre-selected for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018

• Included in long list for Charlie Smith Anthology 2017

• Creekside Open Selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery, London

• Prizewinner in the Creekside Open Selected by Jordan Baseman, APT Gallery, London



2016 

• Beep Wales 2016, Swansea College of Art, Swansea

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

• Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London



2015 

• London Group Open, Cello Factory, London

• Zeitgeist Open, ZeitgeistArtProjects, London

• Neo:Artprize, Neo:Gallery27, Bolton

• Creekside Open selected by Richard Deacon, APT Gallery, Deptford, London



2014 

• included in long list for John Moores Painting Prize

• included in long list for Charlie Smith Anthology

• Beep Wales, Elysium Gallery, Swansea (Highly Commended)

• Zeitgeist Open, ZeitgeistArtsProjects, London

• Barbican Artworks Open 2014, Artworks Project Space, London

• Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh

• Collectors Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, California


2013

• Charlie Dutton Crash Open 

• Included on shortlist for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow

• Given an honourable mention in the Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art

• Creekside Open selected by Ceri Hand, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

• Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

• The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

• John Moores Painting Prize , Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

• The Open West, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

• The Threadneedle Prize , Mall Galleries, London


2011 

• Anthology, Charlie Smith Gallery, London 



2010 

• The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London



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