As you already know, I’m a big fan of art. While I specialize in sculpting, I also have a bent for painting. I used to paint in watercolors rather extensively as a teenager and those pictures were pretty good (for a teenager, again). But unfortunately, now I simply don’t have enough time to practice. That doesn’t prevent me from having the walls of my room covered in paintings by others, though 🙂 Some of them were made by my college friends, some were bought from street artists. And some were painted by even more ‘respectable’ authors. For instance, my favorite cityscape by Leonid Afremov.
Just in case you don’t know, I’m talking about a famous contemporary painter from Israeli. He runs an online gallery where he uploads all his works, so you can easily check them out without going to a gallery or visiting an exhibition. As a matter of facts, Afremov doesn’t do galleries. He is a fervent advocate of online marketing and this is actually much better than other artists who seem to pursue but one goal – making it as difficult as possible for mere mortals to buy their paintings.
I’m going to tell you how I found out about Leonid Afremov and how I purchased his incredible canvas that now hangs over my bed! It’s very simple – I just saw one of his works in the internet. It immediately attracted me with bright colors, unusual style and romantic aura. The image was rather unpretentious – a couple walking down a rain-washed street covered in vibrant reflections. But there was something magical in the way it was painted… I couldn’t stop looking! ‘This is amazing, I must have that painting!’ I thought. The price wasn’t too high either. There was but one catch… it was only available through the internet. I’m not a technophobe and I totally support digital technologies. But sending a few hundred dollars to an alleged painter I just learned about… That seemed a bit odd. I thought Afremov could be a rogue fooling people into buying stuff he didn’t even paint. But then I did a little research and figured that, with so much information available on this person in the web, he just couldn’t be a fake. So I made an order and…
- The painting arrived within three days. That was fast!
- It looked just like on the artist’s site com, even better because I could see and even feel the texture!
- I also got an authenticity certificate signed by Afremov himself.
- Lastly, I didn’t pay a dollar for the delivery – it was free!
So now I can tell for sure – Leonid Afremov’s online gallery is a wonderful place for art shopping! I suggest you take a good look at it and perhaps you’ll go away with a painting, too!