Flowers, Still life

AFREMOV FLOWERS AND STILL LIFES

Historically, still life was a decorative genre largely characterized by an aesthetic rather than illustrative value. It was popular among artists allowing them to arrange composition elements at will and had a huge success with buyers that needed something intricate and noble-looking to emphasize their social status. In the 20th century, though, still life stopped being just still life and became a space for artistic experiments.

Making the canvas bloom with one touch of a brush

Famous modern artist Leonid Afremov particularly enjoys creating flower paintings, which is one of his favorite genres along with cityscapes. In a gallery section devoted to still life art, you can find a great number of beautiful artworks depicting carefully adjusted flower, fruit and dish compositions performed in his signature Impasto manner. What makes this painting technique so special is the use of a layered texture created by applying thick strokes of paint over one another. As a result, the painting gains a profound three-dimensional feel and a very contemporary look. Each artist uses an individual layer pattern that makes his works unique and defines their artistic value. 

Putting paint in neat abrupt strokes, Afremov creates whimsical flower sets pleasing the eye with bright cheerful colors. In contrast to the heavy luxury of traditional medieval still lifes, his works look simple yet inexplicably appealing. By engaging the viewer into a subtle play of shades and adding volume to the composition through the use of multiple layers, Leonid smears the line between imitation and imagination making his flower paintings abstract and highly realistic at the same time. It seems you can just hold out your hand and touch the delicate petals!

Note how the background complements the central piece of the artwork. On some paintings, Afremov simply applies rough strokes in a random pattern making a minimal use of his palette, others come with a speckled multicolored background typical for the Impressionist style. All planes of Afremov still lifes interact in a smart and spectacular way giving you a sense of harmony and beauty. 

Working with other concepts

Aside from flowers, the artist indulges in painting bottle and book still lifes frequently combining them together in one artwork. Being an avid reader, he has collected a great number of books that he rereads time and again in his favorite armchair by the fireplace. The book sets featured in this section represent the actual interior design solutions used by Afremov to create a cozy atmosphere in his studio. Leonid also appreciates fine drinks and never misses a chance to take a bottle of good wine home when returning from another trip to Europe. He has a bar where he stores the best samples for a special occasion. On some of the pictures, you can see part of his impressive beverage collection spanning drinks from many countries of the world. 

Finally, Afremov also uses classic fruit and dish themes in his still life painting practice. Even here he comes up with highly imaginative, totally unexpected concepts. Just check out this eccentric apple and mango set composed around a lady’s shoe! Or take a glance at this nicely served, candle-lit dinner table enigmatically shimmering in the dark in a swirl of colorful sparkles! Looks like little magic, doesn’t it? This artist knows how to draw the viewer’s attention!

So again, what’s so special about Leonid Afremov still-lifes?

  • They are universal and can be used anywhere from living room to kitchen.
  • They are beautiful, unique and contemporary-looking.
  • They are colorful and cheerful – perfect for lighting up a dull interior. 
  • They restore your faith in harmony and magic!

Look through the online gallery to choose a painting to your liking and give your home, studio or office a splash of color and positive emotions!


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Testimonials
I came across Mr. Afremov's work and was simply blown away by the pictures of the paintings on the website, but at first, was a bit skeptical of ordering a painting online. After ordering two paintings for myself and two for my mom for Christmas, Mr. Afremov's associates provided excellent customer service and assuaged my fears. The paintings arrived today with certificates of authenticity, as promised. Once I unwrapped the paintings, I was completely and utterly blown away by them. The pictures on the website do not do the paintings justice. The vibrant colours are breath-taking and in-person, the painted scenes are captivating. I will definitely be purchasing more of Mr. Afremov's work again. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world! WOW!
Brienne, Dec 12, 2014
I have now a total of 8 of your works of Art, in my Extensive Art Collection and Love all of them. Can't wait for the Last 5 to arrive? :-) I already have made wall space available for the New Works of Art and can not hold my glee within! Thank You so Much Love Your work and will have more postings as soon as I have them hung! If you have a link for me to send pictures to you, or where and how they are displayed, please let me know? Sincerely, Lt Col Brooke US Army Retired
Robert Brooke Eldridge, Jun 27, 2014
We wrote a testimonial last month and wanted again to share our "too good to be true" experience. Again, amazing customer service from start to finish, very quick shipping, and two simply beautiful paintings. We continue to be blown away with this whole experience. The paintings are breathtaking and mean so much to us. We would love more of Leonid's art for our collection and will have to find some wall space!!
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