Leonid Afremov is the artist I chose to emulate for my landscape painting project. I happened upon him by chance when searching for impressionist artists. Though his painting style can certainly be described as impressionist, he is actually a contemporary artist.
To me, when you search "Afremov" all the paintings look the same. They are vibrant night scenes of a figure or two taking a stroll down a wet, reflective path with streetlights on either side and multicolored trees framing the pathway. However, if you search for specifically different paintings (i.e. "Afremov mountains" or "Afremov portrait", though even searching "Afremov people" results in the same technicolor atmospheres) you can find very different paintings. Interestingly enough, his website (afremov.com) gallery has many varieties of paintings, with the typical vibrant-rain-walk paintings being rather scarce. I guess those ones just tend to be more widely shared on the internet.
The most interesting part about Afremov's art is his method. He only uses a palette knife. This is clear in his stroke - they are short and flat smears of paint, rather than strokes with a brush. You can also see his mark in the reflective water - you can tell where he has dragged the palette knife through the paint to create warps in the surface.
He has a really good eye for color and light. He can use all the colors of the rainbow in the tree leaves but still leave the painting feeling balanced, like it has order, and not looking gaudy. I think the overriding warm color schemes of the streetlights are the underlying force that brings the painting unity.
Here is the video I watched on how to paint like Leonid Afremov: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJkx82yuEZI
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School