Artist I’m in love with: Leonid Afremov http://leonidafremov.deviantart.com/ (All images herein copyright the artist)
I love the style in which Leonid paints. He obviously uses a palette knife, rather than a brush to create texture and move the paint around. His work feels so cohesive. You can see one piece and immediately be able to identify his works. I wasn’t surprised when Leonid said that he listens to jazz music. Jazz and his paintings share the same energy. Graceful, intentional and articulate. There are no mistakes. Leonid seems to gravitate towards paintings of evening time, especially in the fall or the rain. Ordinary scenes become quite stunning when livened up in his traditional way. He utilizes lots of clear lines and has mastered the art of the vanishing point.
Says Leonid on his artist bio page: “I tried different techniques during my career, but I especially fell in love with painting with oil and pallette-knife. Every artwork is the result of long painting process; every canvas is born during the creative search; every painting is full of my inner world. Each of my paintings brings different moods, colors and emotions. I love to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in my paintings. My heart is completely open to art. Thus, I enjoy creating inspired and beautiful paintings from the bottom of my soul. Each of my artworks reflects my feelings, sensitivity, passion, and the music from my soul. True art is alive and inspired by humanity. I believe that art helps us to be free from aggression and depression.”