Three weeks ago I made the short train ride out to Sabadell 20km north of Barcelona to see a large-scale exhibition of the work of TREZE (acid collapse) the urban artist who sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer earlier this year.
Treze hailed from Sabadell and the town is full of his works, actually quite considerably more than I realised. There are twenty pieces scattered across the walls of his home town all in pristine condition with no buffs or tags. In Barcelona and the surrounding area that really is something and is a real testament to how the local artists feel about his work and more importantly Treze as a person.
The exhibition shows off Treze’s unique medium and large scale murals of human faces, animals and letters. Along with his vision, charisma and a unique style between realism and illustration combined with a great handling of the aerosol. These works gave Treze a place among the most respected artists of urban art in the world and are from the period of his fight against cancer which brought the peak of his best works and the beauty of living embodied in them.
This was easily the most time I have spent at a show where I have gone alone. Normally I arrive, walk around a bit looking at the art, take a few shots and leave but in this instance I spent a considerable amount of time walking around and really taking in the pieces on display. To the point that I almost chose not to get my camera out at all but I really wanted to share this piece so walked around a second time with camera in hand.
It was actually a similar story on the street. I have a habit of not really taking pieces in and just snapping them and walking off but with each Treze piece that I came across I spent a long time just standing admiring the wall and not just snapping away. There is just something so majestic in his work that forces me to stand and stare in wonder.
I want to share as much as I can from the event since most of my followers won’t be able to get there to see it in person so below are a host of photos that I took from the exhibition.