Exploring the creative struggle - Enzo Marra

Enzo graduated from the University of Reading in 1999 and went to study at MA level at the University of Brighton till 2001. In the UK he has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2016 and 2012, the Threadneedle Prize in 2016, 2013, 2012 and 2010, the Creekside Open in 2017, 2015 and 2013, and the Zeitgeist Open in 2015 and 2014.

 

He was a prizewinner in the 2017 Creekside Open selected by Jordan Baseman at the APT Gallery, London, and was highly commended in the 2014 Beep Wales at the Elysium Gallery, Swansea. He has also been included in the shortlist of 427 artists for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow and has been longlisted for the Charlie Smith Anthology in 2017, the John Moores Painting Prize in 2018 and 2014, and the Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art in 2013, where he received an honourable mention.

 

Enzo has a strong view of his work within the market, clear from this short excerpt below:

"I have been occupied with how the artworld can be seen, 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. In my recent work I have been attempting to further reduce the detail within the finished images. I am also preferring to work from instinctive sketches and not found photographic imagery as my source material, to give them a more immediate appearance and to challenge me more in my practise. The trueness of inspiration, application and result becoming more relevant, allowing me to reassess what I feel is invigorating and explorable for me. The image of the deluge acting as a metaphor for the creative struggle, and the attempts to cope which are experienced by all who struggle in some way."

March 3, 2020