Daud Akhriev’s beach paintings transport us to the glories and sensual pleasures of summer days. Working in multiple media—oil, watercolor, pastel, even mosaic and bronze, Akhriev has a keen understanding for rendering shapes. And he uses this unique talent to particular effect when depicting water and figures in motion. Amidst the surf, he presents bathers, masterfully drawn to capture the characteristic movements and gestures of people playing in the ocean. Revel in shivering children running from the water or clusters of young girls giggling and splashing. Or watch people lifting their arms above the water as they wade deeper into the waves. “My beach series is inspired by how people are in a relaxed environment without being self-conscious,” says Akhriev.
Akhriev is the subject of a feature profile in the August 2020 issue of Pastel Journal for his pastel paintings of life at the ocean’s edge. But whether he’s working in pastel, watercolor or oil, Akhriev’s goal for his beach paintings is the same. He strives to capture the color, light and joy found at the seashore. View a selection of Akhriev’s watercolor and oil paintings from his beach series below, then check out Pastel Journal for more on this inspiring artist.
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About the Artist
Daud Akhriev was born in 1959, in Pavlodar, in the former Soviet Union. He attended specialized art schools as a child and eventually graduated from the Repin Institute, the Russian Academy of Fine Art. In 1991 he came to the United States, settling in Chattanooga, TN. Akhriev teaches many workshops on figure drawing and landscape painting in the United States and around the world.
In addition to painting, the artist has completed many public and private commissions in mosaic and bronze sculpture. His monumental work, The Four Seasons, four 9-foot-high bronze figures completed for the city of Chattanooga, is listed on the national Public Art Registry. Additional public art includes the Erlanger Chapel Mosaic and the Baylor school Mosaic. Plus he has murals at the Collegedale seventh-Day Adventist Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal. A winner of many awards, Akhriev garnered a grand prize award in the Pastel 100 Competition in 2015. He and his wife Melissa Hefferlin, who is also an artist, divide their time between Chattanooga and Cadiz, spain.