Both Enrico Della Torre and Matthew Musgrave share a very similar understanding of painting. In a figurative sense we can say that Enrico and Matthew are cousins. They are cousins because they are part of the same family that understands painting as an exercise of synthesis.
They develop a sober and austere language. An exercise in containment that avoids and flees from effects. They are discreet, silent paintings, without any fuss or technical display.To be appreciated in its totality, one ends up -inevitably- coming close to them to savour all the nuances that these paintings have. In both artists, each gesture, each mark, each failure, each success has a significant value and configures a universe full of details that investigates the essence of the painting itself.
Enrico Della Torre (Tradate, 1988) graduated in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2013. He currently lives and works in Valencia. He has had individual exhibitions in Madrid at the Alegría Gallery in 2019, in Valencia at the Paz y Comedias Gallery in 2018 and at the Luís Adelantado Gallery in 2017. He has participated in group exhibitions such as La Hora del Vermut in Valencia in 2018 and 2019, Presente (Present) in Madrid in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Todos los colores de la hurraca in Valencia in 2015). His work is part of the Banc Sabadell collection.
Matthew Musgrave (Torquay, 1985) received an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2015 and a BA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2008. He currently lives and works in London. He has had solo exhibitions in London at Supplement Gallery in 2009, 2012 and 2014. He has participated in many group exhibitions since 2008 and was awarded the Jerwood Contemporary Painters Award in London in 2009.