How badly do we really need art?
Sometimes I stop and ask myself: where would our world be without art? Really, have you ever given it a thought? Aside from the fact that it’s beautiful, versatile and inspiring, art is our way of figuratively processing and expressing our innermost feelings creating new, sometimes totally unexpected senses that can give us a clue about our own state of mind. It’s a kind of self-therapy during which you can give vent to thoughts and emotions that bother you and even start understanding yourself a little better. That’s why it’s so important to have a creative hobby, even if you aren’t a professional at this. And even if you have no god-given talents, you can ‘participate’ in art by listening to music, visiting museums and galleries, collecting paintings or furnishing your home with all kinds of fancy decor.
Autumn without artifice (but with a soul)
As for me, I’m an avid painting collector. Most people underestimate the importance of wall decor, but I know how drastically one single canvas can change the look of the entire room. The warm, lively colors of fresh paints, the delicate texture of brush strokes, the emotion implied by the artist… It all affects the atmosphere of the room tremendously. But I don’t just choose paintings based on my aesthetic priorities. For me, art is more than just a pretty picture. Here is what I’m looking at when I’m out fishing for another piece of art for my collection:
- The work should mean something. It doesn’t necessarily have to contain some clear philosophical implication, just be meaningful in its compositional and emotional aspect. I’m really looking for expression in painting.
- I prefer something that’s not so banal and obvious. Perhaps a little twist of the style or an unexpected treatment of familiar theme.
- Lastly, I want the artwork to make me think and feel. I want to be fully involved in it mentally and emotionally. If it leaves me cold, I leave it in the gallery.
All these three criteria are present in pictures by Leonid Afremov! This artist paints simple landscapes, portraits and still lifes. They don’t contain any distorted imagery, wild experiments or sophisticated undertone. They simply depict the surrounding world, but in a way that makes you look at it anew. I was totally charmed when I first saw this park view here – that’s what I call expression painting! Without including anything too complex or whimsical into the scene, he managed to convey the incredible aura of autumn with its fiery colors and icy depth, romance and solitude, quite joy and light-hearted melancholy. Now this incredible scenery hangs in my bedroom inspiring me every morning when I wake up. And I feel like it’s not the last of Leonid Afremov’s