Back with a second release this year, although this is a 2022 dated coin, Powercoin’s much admired ‘Micropuzzle Treasures’ ditches the usual classics for a modern impressionist painter. Leonid Afremov was a Belarusian artist whoe migrated to Cancun in Mexico via Israel, and the United States, creating a distinctly unique visual style.
While the name of the artist may be unknown to you, his copious body of work is seen all over the world, so you’re more than likely familiar with at least a few of his paintings. Some of his works are extremely beautiful, and when he’s chosen the right subject, are vibrant and full of life.
The work chosen for this coin is just about perfect, in our view. Titled ‘Couple under one umbrella’ it’s a glorious riot of colour, completely different to the old renaissance works with their generally more muted pallettes. Afremov’s work is enhanced by its three-dimensionality, made possible by the pallette knife technique he employed, whereby oil paint is literally scraped and placed on the canvas with a metal knife. Obviously that can’t be reproduced on a coin like this, but it doesn’t seem to matter, as the reproduction is well realised, taking a circular crop from the rectangular original.