Flores, Naturaleza Muerta

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
Dear Leonid, To date my husband and I have purchased over 20 of your paintings. Your work is brilliant and we dearly love it. We are now framing and they will hang all over our home and our office for everyone we know to see. Working with Inessa and Boris has also been a pleasure. Shipping is done very well and quickly where possible. Your prices are extremely reasonable. Blessings to you and your family. May the recognition of your work reach the skies as well as the value of your pieces.
Arlene Tuminaro, may 22, 2015
This is the very first time we bought art on line, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The paintings looked so gorgeous on the computer screen that we decided to take the leap. We bought 6 paintings and they are all spectacular!! The online images don't and can't do justice to the amazing vibrancy of color, the depth of perspective, and detailed knife strokes that make up each painting breath taking. Mr Afremov captures on canvas the true atmosphere and spirit of the places he depicts. We've visited them all--each different and unique--the air, the light, the flowers,buildings and sky--and it's all captured in a breathtaking package. I sense an addiction developing and already looking at additional paintings to buy. Don't hesitate! This is real art, by a real artist. Professionally packaged, ready to hang (buy the stretched canvas--no frame necessary) and incredibly beautiful. Amazing, highly accommodating customer service and support. Couldn't be happier. Our family room looks like a gallery. Thank you all. Dr Lani Kass
Ilana Kass, abr 4, 2014
I received your paintings yesterday. I can't stop admiring how beautiful they are. I'm waiting for another painting that was free because I bought 3. I am planning on purchasing more of the STILL LIFE paintings.
Marianne Dugan, sep 4, 2014