April 17, 2024


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Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

“My inventive design lies someplace among abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility.”

By Rise Art | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has recently joined Increase Art, bringing his Hockneyesque Nevertheless Lifes works to the system. Michael is an illustrator, painter and ceramicist. Discovering things of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat area, basic, cleanse strains, and balanced however daring colours to his functions, generates archaeological dialogues concerning scenes, options, and objects.

Michael implementing underglaze to some new greenware ceramic sculptures (@pfleghaar)


How would you describe your inventive design?

My artistic design and style lies somewhere concerning abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My target is to blend the two opposing inventive styles into a exceptional visible language characterised by flattened area and exaggerated colour. Modern-day layout is also an impact in my perform as it appears to abide by a comparable visual aesthetic and product for subject matter issue.

Good Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


What messages or themes do you want to talk with your operate?

The major topic in my operate is relationships. Objects and plants depicted in my compositions grow to be the surrogates for the figure and how they relate to each other visually and symbolically.

Wire Plant Stand, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


How has your practice advanced about the several years? Have you constantly worked in an abstract fashion?

More than the years my artwork exercise has diversified from darkish figurative narratives in my undergraduate scientific tests to individual interior areas and however lifetime. In graduate school my function progressed to completely non-objective while dealing with the exact same themes of relationships. I have since come back again to realism drawing from everyday living as an autobiographical tool while combining aspects of abstraction.

Michael doing work on a household undertaking at residence (@pfleghaar)


What’s an ordinary day like in your studio? 

I see myself as an art worker so my studio follow is priority. On a common working day I arrive about 9am and perform on different paintings at the similar time. Generally a person substantial scale piece on canvas and a number of drawings. I delight in generating in sequence as very well, checking out themes by means of a entire body of operate. Afternoons are spent accomplishing the business enterprise side of art, documenting work, updating sites, applying for shows, etcetera.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your critical influences?

My influences change from outdated university painters these kinds of as Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard. Contemporaries like David Hockney, Jonas Wooden, Paul Wackers, Nathalie du Pasquier, Carrie Moyer, Amy Sillman and modernist designers these as Ettore Sottsass, Charles and Ray Eames, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Agave at Evening, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


Who are some Increase Artwork artists with do the job you happen to be making the most of at the second?

Lisa Kellner went to the exact Graduate Faculty in Boston as I, so I appreciate and uncovered her do the job on Rise Artwork.

Dark Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you presently operating on any interesting new assignments?

This calendar year has been a occupied one in the studio with lots of fee paintings and having again into clay setting up a overall body of botanical impressed ceramic objects.