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 promised myself that I would comment on my experience purchasing a painting from Mr. Afremov, good or bad. I have read so many negative comments on other sites (as well as positive ones). I can truly say that, from start to finish, our experience has been amazing. Mr. Afremov’s team is fabulous – such great customer service (very compassionate and dedicated to making us happy). Delivery was as promised. And the painting is just so beautiful to us, so meaningful. It is art at its finest…I wasn’t looking for the exact same painting pictured on the web-site (and it is VERY clearly indicated that it will not be on the site!). I was looking for something that spoke to us, a one-of-a-kind, and it was delivered. The more we stare at it, the more it speaks to us. We will cherish it forever. I have already ordered two more (again, amazing customer service). I am recommending his beautiful work to everyone else I know. It almost seemed too good to be true - I can promise you it is true. Craig and BJ – Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Craig and BJ, abr 5, 2014
Your paintings are a real inspiration to me. I first came across your work on DeviantART and was entranced. As someone who suffers from severe depression, the color and life in your paintings transfers to me when it seems I need it most. keep up the wonderful work I look forward to purchasing many more in the future!
Tiffany Cook, mar 20, 2014
RECENTLY I WROTE ABOUT THE TALENTS AND ATTRIBUTES OF MR LEONID AFREMOV RELATED TO CREATIVE ARTISTIC PAINTINGS, TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE SKILLS AND INTELLECTUAL TALENTS OF HIS TWO SONS DAVID AND BORIS I HAVE HAD MANY CONTACTS WITH DAVID AT VARIOUS TIMES OF THE DAY AND ON NUMEROUS DAYS OF THE WEEK-----THANK YOU BOTH.DAVID I GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME,PATIENCE AND GUIDANCE IN HELPING ME WITH MY ORDERS, " NAMASTE MY FRIEND"----PAUL F WOHLFEIL-------SEPT. 30, 2016
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