Accomplished artist Enzo Marra will be presenting his art work at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2010 Visual Arts Exhibition @ Hampstead Town Hall / InterChange Studios, The Atrium, Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP. (Entrance from footpath on Haverstock Hill) / Tel: 020 7692 5800 / Wise Thoughts: 0208 8899555 / Mon 8 to Friday 19 Nov (Sat, Sun closed) 10.30AM to 5.30PM / Entry Free
A brief chat with Enzo:
What are you doing right now?
Thinking about my next painting, having already become enraptured by a particular piece of source material which begs to be transcribed in oils.
How would you describe your own work?
I work from found source material allowing chance and the dexterity of my brush to comment upon how the world is, was and could be a journey through my urgent and subconscious concerns and imaginings via brush applied paint.
How relevant is your work or practice today to be a part of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or queer art work?
I am comfortable to explore LGBT topics but I do not feel the need to solely focus my works in that way.
Tell us about your reasons for presenting your work as part of GFEST 2010?
Not being a typical “gay “ artist I hoped my submitted work would strike a chord with the selectors and hopefully the visitors to GFEST 2010 visual art exhibition.
Do you see yourself as ‘gay or queer artist’?
I see myself as an artist who is gay rather than a gay artist.
How do you resource your practice?
I scrimp and save as all obstinate obsesses driven artists must.
Do you think you may require any specific support in terms of getting the work out there?
I am represented by the ww gallery in Hackney so am in a charmed position where the work of painting itself is my priority.
How would you like your work to be known?
I would like the life and energy in my paintings to supersede the petty dramas of being me, if my name is fortunate enough to live on.
What are the future needs for the ‘gay or queer art’ sector?
The courage and imagination to evoke imagery that is personal to them and their sexuality.
A single wish ?
A small corner of the Tate hung with a smattering of my works!
Thank you Enzo and best wishes from GFEST.
Now in its fourth year, GFEST is supported by the Mayor of London, dignitaries, Ministers and MPs from all the leading parties, various London boroughs and Arts Council England.
GFEST 2010 images on http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST
GFEST 2010 Visual Art : http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624870998137/
LONDON: GAY ART FESTIVAL : GFEST 2010 showreel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJ9UWJX1fg
More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) web: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.ukGFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar
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