Enzo Marra and Tom Palin

Palin, Tom (2016) Enzo Marra and Tom Palin. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

This exhibition, held at the Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, between 24th October – 24th November 2016, pairs the work of painters Enzo Marra and Tom Palin. Both artists engage with the materiality of paint, which is at times rooted within figuration, yet neither painter’s work is overtly representational. Marra’s work looks toward the art world and the art historical for key references, and he appropriates motifs, whilst Palin’s work evidences a gradual layering of paint and tends to eschew the figure and narrative readings in favour of a concern for the fundamental constituents of the painted object: surface, vehicle, support and time. Additionally, both tend, at least in more recent times, to work on a small scale, which assists in generating interesting dialogues around with the relationship of the subject to the surface, the particularity of the temporal conditions of making, the grouping and re-grouping works, and methods of reception. 2016, Marra’s work was included in the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, and Palin exhibited two works at the Royal Academy, as part of the Summer Exhibition; both of which are included here. The exhibition was curated by Tony Smith, and arranged by Smith, Palin and Paul Kelly.

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