Marta Antares is part of a crop of new young artists appearing on the streets of Barcelona. I don’t want to say there is a passing of the torch situation going on right now. However, the vast majority of the artists I was seeing when I moved here have shifted to studio/larger mural work only. So now we are seeing the next generation coming through.
I first came across the work of Marta Antares at a paint jam I covered last summer. There was something very eye catching about her piece at that event. That being said, you could tell that the work was of someone who was beginning to find their way.
Over the past year I have seen Marta’s pieces pop up all over Barcelona (and in some abandoned places I need to hunt down too) and with each piece I see her work getting better and better.
This particular piece might be my favourite yet. Regular readers will know I’m a sucker for the colour purple so that’s one box ticked straight way. The purple is mixed with a green of sorts which gives this piece a real night time vibe. I don’t know if it’s Marta’s aim but there is something quite haunting about her work. The characters both have a dead look in their eyes, kinda zombie-ish.
I mentioned above that Marta paints in abandoned buildings quite a bit. I think those kinds of locations really suit this style of work due to the chilling nature of the characters.
Personally I quite like the idea of an unsettling pair of eyes staring at me from across the room as I explore. Makes the whole urbex thing more exciting!
If you like the work of Marta Antares you can check more on her Instagram page.