Please meet Tomasa Martin today. The Catalan artist based in Barcelona is another sample of fine painting in the style of Old Masters, that Lita Cabellut is also a sample of. But Lita is now an international star, wheras Tomasa has been relatively unheard of. Also, Lita works with huge formats, Tomasa in more handleable sizes. But her work – to me – has the same mixture of old mastery and modernity. And it is never just the artfullness, but the emotion, the images convey, that get me, personally.
Tomasa Martin seems to look at it from exactly the same angle:
My work revolves around the human being. Every year, spring comes, and to me, it does not cease to amaze me. The same thing happens to me with the human being. Your feelings, the expression of emotions, etc. They are like an inexhaustible source of inspiration. All this leads me to investigate, to go into their emotions. I would say that my purpose is to show the emotional side more than the simple image of a portrait.
Sometimes I wonder what the reasons are that lead me to dedicate my life to painting and I always arrive at the same conclusion. I do it because I need it. Painting has become a tool that lets me explain stories and express everything that makes me excited, depressed, annoyed and all the other emotions that make who I am. Using a minimalistic scenario I try to make a connection with the spectator. This is something that I always strive to achieve.