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 randomly found Mr. Afremov's art while searching around Deviantart. Ever since I first laid eyes upon the bright colors and breathtaking paintings I have found myself obsessed. My searching led me to his personal website. I followed him on facebook for some time too before making a purchase. It all seemed too good to believe. I placed my order, purchasing "Night of Expectations" and "On the Way to Morning". I was overcome with such excitement and eagerly waited until I got the email confirming that they had been shipped. When they finally reached my home I eagerly opened the package and literally sat in front of my treasured paintings and just took in every detail for probably 20 minutes. I was so eager to get them hanging on my wall. They look fabulous! I keep eyeing the site and checking out the deals. I am positive that this will not be my last purchase! Thank you for providing the world with such wonderful and inspirational art! Thank you for making it very affordable as well!
Lori, Feb 3, 2015
Breathtaking!
I really love It. I ordered "rain's rustle in the park" as a gift for my boyfriend's birthday. He was enthusiastic to receive It! We both always loved Afremov's work and we're so sad this wonderful artist is no longer with us. The only sad thing is that the canvas didn't arrive in time for the birthday, maybe because of the clearance event but also because It has been shipped on november 4 (ordered october 12). So, if you order from other countries, be aware the shipping could take longer than you think. By the way, they always reply to your emails, so don't worry! Now let's talk about the painting...well, It's breathtaking! Wonderful, warm, vibrant colours but also a sense of real melancholy we can feel from the bench on the foreground. I'm very happy I bought It for the person I love and I recommend these paintings to everybody. Thank you all Ambra
Ambra De Santis, Nov 15, 2019
Ordine e spedizione senza problemi. Quadro fantastico! ottima tecnica complimenti. Grazie
thomas spolaore, Feb 13, 2016