Let me start by saying I have never been an avid fan of wall art. And by that, I mean that I don’t know the things enthusiasts usually do. I know when I like something, or when I don’t, but I don’t go around looking at so many paintings and sculptures that I’ve learned overtime what’s considered good or bad art. I am a huge fan of other fine arts, such as music and dance, but I feel like I haven’t been exposed to paintings and sculptures enough to be as knowledgeable as I am about the musical genre of art.
The first time I ever saw this painting was in Amanda and Tim’s apartment, and I fell in love with it instantaneously. I remember being so blown away with this painting hanging over their television that I asked Amanda about it. Where did you get it from? Who is the artist? What is it called? And so on and so forth. I remember her telling me the name of the artist (Leonid Afremov) and a couple of fun facts about it and how they got it, but I don’t even think I asked what the painting was called.
In my typical Amanda Hazard manner, I forgot any and all information that I knew about this piece—except for how beautiful it was. I loved that it used all the colors of the rainbow, and the actual scene played out before me, and how it was completely made up from paint scraped off a knife, instead of the usual paint brush. The artist, Afremov, was known for using this technique for his art. He would pick up paint with a knife, and scrape the paint precisely where he wanted it – which turned a huge painting from colorful dots and divots into a scene right before your eyes.
And the guy apparently had a thing for trees and umbrellas, because as I was looking for the name of the painting, I noticed that he had multiple pieces of work of people holding umbrellas with trees in just about every scene. I honestly started to think that maybe all these people were supposed to live in the same universe, of some sort. (I know what you’re thinking, and yes, kind of like how superheroes in Marvel or DC live in the same universe.) I feel like some of his different works are meant to look like you are standing in the same place at the same time, looking in different directions.
And honestly, I haven’t looked it up yet if that was his intention. It might be.
I specifically love this scene in the piece of art above. It was the first piece of Afremov’s that I’ve ever seen, and I couldn’t get over all the colors and how he used that special technique to make up the set before me. It captured me in a way most other art pieces haven’t.
When I was looking up the name, I found that Afremov called it Freshness of Cold. I’m not really sure why, but I really enjoy this piece. I love the blues and purples in the sky, the colorful trees, the reflections on the ground implying that it was raining. A lot of Afremov’s pieces, including this one, are meant to be “love art”—so I imagine the couple above are in love, enjoying their walk at night in the fall. The scene is technically simple, although it is made up with a thousand strokes of color. It’s simple, yet complicated, and at the same time, beautiful. I seriously love this piece.
I could probably go on and on, so I think I’ll just stop this here.
Prompt: Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)