Venue: elysium gallery, 210 High Street
Exhibition – Beep2020 Artist in Residence: Enzo Marra
Date: 3/10/20 – 7/11/20
Enzo Marra’s imagery is marked by a distinct immediacy and a figuratively derived world that lives through his painted, drawn and sculpted works. The themes expressed made visible via instinctively applied linear and blocked out passages. The figures and symbols utilised relating to the human condition, their emotional impact emphasised by the directness of their application, without extraneous information to muddle the message they are willing to deliver. Their intimate scale allowing the viewer to build a relationship with their cast, as they are stood in-front of the hung painted surfaces. The purposely limited palette, allowing the depicted scenes to not be obscured or overtaken by unnecessary frivolous flourishes.
Enzo Marra is a London based painter who has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012 and 2016, the Threadneedle Prize in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016, and the Creekside Open in 2013, 2015 and 2017, where he was chosen as a prize winner by Jordan Baseman in 2017. He has also been selected for the Beep Painting Biennial in 2014 and 2016, his paintings being highly commended in the 2014 exhibition.
Throughout Sept 2020, Enzo has been Artist in residence at the elysium College St Gallery using the space as a studio making work for this exhibition.