Afremov & Chagall
Two hands hold a brush
sending hearts into a rush
following a pair down a path
leaving colors for an empath.
There, the mind does the math
under skies with no lath.
You don’t need to be an artist
to understand feelings that persist.
One glance is all it takes
for you to touch snow flakes
or sail across summer’s lakes.
A path once so grotesque
shines a light so burlesque
from Chagall’s picturesque
palette to dab colors from Vitebsk
on a knife painting trees
with candy wrappers for leaves
shining brightly in oil gone acrylic.
There, open impressionism walks
a picaresque imagination
to shake hearts with passion
and awaken eyes with Afremov’s creations.
The painting that inspired this piece is a humble copy of Leonid Afremov’s original painting. This copy mainly manifests Afremov’s nostalgia for Mark Chagall’s palette. Afremov is a Russian Israeli born in Vitebsk who looked up to Mark Chagall as his mentor who was also born Vitebsk. Mark was considered the only artist to understand what color really is after Matisse & Picasso. As an open impressionist who mastered the art of using just oil paint and a palette knife, Afremov stood out due to his ability to manifest a visual explosion of color in his landscape and cityscape paintings. He believed in neutral work that was born from his memories and impressions to be depicted with passion without leading a viewer into thinking of something. He wanted his admirers to feel and think for themselves whether they be normal people or artists. His unique technique adds a depth and richness that seem to morph geometric and organic lines into a vibration that breathes electricity into his paintings. What makes open impressionism catchy is that colors in this school are vibrant premixed and unmudded which allow thick brush strokes that preserve thin ridges left behind by a brush which normally disappear otherwise. This technique gives this school of art and mainly Afremov an ever moving dancing sensation throughout the landscapes he paints changing lights over surfaces as the paint flows in and out of the crevices in the paint leaving behind trails of ever changing shadows and colors. Afremov’s paintings have been used for therapeutic purposes to give patients a sense of the outdoors’ freedom and jog memories to express and face feelings such as loss, pain, as well as depression. You can almost feel the wind brushing on your cheeks and the sweat trickling down your back when you look at any of his paintings. You will hear the leaves rustle and the waters seep as the oars break through the lake’s waters and the walkers’ boots splash through rain draining down paths.
Please visit Afremov’s Official website on: https://afremov.com/
And help yourself to his official blog on: http://afremov.graphics/biography/
A nice blog with select Afremov pieces from different stages and places: