Omid Asadi looks for a different canvas than most artists. He takes the beauty that comes from falling autumn leaves to turn them into incredible works of art.
Delicate Leaf Cuttings Technique
Originally from Iran, the renderings are intricate, requiring several hours of calculated cutting pressure to create the desired result.
It only takes one wrong move with this fragile medium to undo hundreds of hours of work.
That’s why the eventual outcomes created are so intriguing.
When other kids were finding paintbrushes or pursuing coloring books, Asadi was drawing on the underside of different leaves and rose pedals. He eventually started experimenting with what could be done with a needle, fueling his desire to turn nature’s bounty into some incredible art.
Although his birthplace creates some issues from a sales vantage point for Asadi, his artwork has been well received by the public. He was eventually invited to promote his first exhibit in London in 2013.
Asadi Has Shown His Work Throughout Europe
Asadi has hundreds of different works completed by using his advanced leaf-shaping technique. It’s had such an impression on the art world that he’s been able to tour Europe over the past decade, exhibiting his work in various locations.
With his studio and life-based in Manchester, Asadi has more freedom than the average Iranian artist today.
Out of all of the works he has completed, the one that stands out the most for the average viewer is a maple leaf that contains a Persian cheetah.
Some of his other creations feature endangered animals or offer a straightforward commentary on the nature of modern politics.
You can find everything from selfies to natural landscapes incorporated into the leaves with Asadi’s unique cutting skills.
The artist says that he gets his ideas from poems, stories, and philosophy. He also has a few favorite people that inspire him to keep getting better. Most of his pieces happen on maple leaves because of how many are close to his home, but he can produce fantastic shapes on virtually any species.
In addition to the leaf art, Asadi creates sculptures, paintings, and videos.
Many of Asadi’s videos tend to be better described as ASMR instead of something meant to offer artistic license. There are some exceptions, such as the one video with a group playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with the actual items.
He likes to take a video of people in average environments, showing a slice of life as they attempt to complete a specific task. In one of his posted Vimeo pieces, he’s filming people who try to get a kite to lift off.
Even His Paintings Use Non-Traditional Mediums
When you see the rest of Asadi’s work, you can tell that he works on pushing the creative envelope. Although some of his pieces might feel quirky or undesirable, the goal is to continue pushing boundaries to see what is possible.
One of the best examples of this effort is a work where he uses acrylic paint on concrete. The frame runs through the center of the medium instead of surrounding it. “Forget the law,” says the item’s caption, “make a bridge!”
He has even experimented with using acrylic on leather to see what possibilities exist with those materials.
Some of his pieces are not realistic in their presentation simply because there isn’t any attachment point to the leaf.
In his work called “Solidarity,” you can see numerous butterflies within the framework, but they don’t have connections to the leaf itself. If you were to pick up the item, some of the small pieces would get left behind.
One of the things that Asadi likes to do with his work is to create “scribbles”. Some of the leaves look abstract with this effort, while others become different shapes.
The one he completed a few years ago that offers multiple gears on one side of the maple leaf is arguably his best work, creating a one-piece image from a maple leaf that looks like something out of a steampunk novel.
If you’re interested in purchasing any of the work, you’ll need to contact the artist directly. One of the easiest ways to accomplish that result is to visit Asadi’s Facebook page.
It’s a process that many artists discover along their journey. After trying several things, one eventually sticks.
With Asadi’s leaf-cutting techniques, the precision he achieves is absolutely incredible.
Check more on his website at the leaf art section.