Saturday, 17 March 2018

‘Melt’ is a show of recent works by Enya Lachman-Curl. 

In this exhibition of oil paintings, the artist has taken influence from natural landscapes and organic forms, distilling these reference points into a more broken down, fluid vocabulary of painterly marks. By subtly dissolving the link with their figurative sources, she is able to play with these visual elements, using them to build up a compositional language that is shared across the works on show.

In these compositions boundaries become blurred, with different pictorial qualities layered and contrasted to outline their metamorphic effects; surfaces appear deep with rich colour in places, then are thinly scraped back in others; sculptural brush marks are laid densely over one another until they appear to merge, then elsewhere they are silhouetted against stark, flat planes of colour, highlighting their individual sweeping yet delicate structures. Scale plays a part too: large format panels are punctuated throughout by small-scale fragmentary studies, demanding the viewer to first step back and then peer in closely to read the relationship between different pieces.

As ever, the materiality of paint itself is central to the artist’s work – each panel intimately tracing her engagement with how paint behaves, how it can be shaped and shifted to create volume and form. The viewer’s eye is able to follow the narrative of how each painting is intuitively built up, mark upon mark, layer upon layer, filling the void with simple building blocks that lead to creative complexity.

Enya is a London-based artist who has previously held studios and exhibited in Bristol, England; San Francisco, USA; and Glasgow, Scotland.

Text by George Bray

Preview 9th March | Open by Appointment | Until the 3rd April
- Hours Space Bristol 10 Colston Yard -

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Puddle on Plinth


Barcelona Residency 'Pink Light'



Opening 13th September 7-10pm, free entry

Open daily 14th-19th September, 9am-late, free entry

An installation of paintings by Enya Lachman-Curl.

Following an extensive engagement with Stour Space, Enya Lachman-Curl presents Dive, a divulgence of her own process as a studio based painter; the disarray and day-to-day mysteries of her practice.

The collection of work represents an obsession with technical attainment and a temptation towards spontaneity and risk.

Displayed across sumptuously painted oils, Lachman-Curl’s singular painting language is delicate and precise. A narrative of nuanced colour and ambiguous fictional spaces, forays into new elements and material considerations. While there might be a recognisable style, these works also evidence Lachman-Curl’s continuous jettisoning of presumptions.

Throughout the installation elements subside, recur and change. For Lachman-Curl, each painting intends to undermine the other to an extent, retaining singularity within a cohesive but shifting network of conceptual enquiry.

Combining this seriousness of intention with an ambitious playfulness, Dive intends to create an evocative atmosphere through a network of engaging new work. 

Lachman-Curl creates a space to allow oneself to become submerged within a shifting space of constant transformation – a bright speckle of pink might appear then recur again across the room, or a curled form which changes shape or colour.

‘Dive’ is a solo exhibition by Hackney Wick-based painter Enya Lachman-Curl. Born in 1990, she has previously exhibited: 

2017 Cloud & Horse Summer Exhibition, LONDON. 2016 Solo Show, Parallels Tom’s Etching studio Hackney Wick LONDON. 2015  Ben Weir & Enya Lachman-Curl, The Old Hairdressers GLASGOW. 2014 Idea’s Worth Sharing, TEDx GLASGOW. 2014 Solo Show, The Art School GLASGOW. 2013 Solo Show, De Composition in Blue, D-Structure SAN FRANCISCO. 2013 Art Inspiring Hope, Camp Okizu Gala SAN FRANCISCO. 2013 Solo Show The Drowned World, The Tabaco Factory BRISTOL.

Stour Space Gallery

Mercer Chance Gallery