Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

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

By Increase Artwork | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has not long ago joined Increase Artwork, bringing his Hockneyesque Even now Lifes works to the system. Michael is an illustrator, painter and ceramicist. Discovering factors of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat house, simple, clean strains, and balanced nevertheless daring colours to his is effective, generates archaeological dialogues involving scenes, settings, and objects.

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


How would you describe your inventive type?

My inventive design lies somewhere concerning abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My target is to merge the two opposing creative designs into a unique visible language characterised by flattened area and exaggerated color. Contemporary design is also an impact in my perform as it would seem to adhere to a related visible aesthetic and materials for subject matter.

Solid Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


What messages or themes do you want to converse with your do the job?

The important concept in my work is associations. Objects and crops depicted in my compositions grow to be the surrogates for the figure and how they relate to every other visually and symbolically.

Wire Plant Stand, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


How has your follow developed over the decades? Have you constantly worked in an summary design and style?

More than the a long time my art apply has diverse from darkish figurative narratives in my undergraduate experiments to personal interior areas and nonetheless everyday living. In graduate college my get the job done progressed to solely non-goal even though dealing with the exact themes of relationships. I have considering the fact that arrive back again to realism drawing from lifetime as an autobiographical device although combining factors of abstraction.

Michael doing work on a home task at property (@pfleghaar)


What is an average day like in your studio? 

I see myself as an art employee so my studio follow is priority. On a normal day I arrive around 9am and do the job on a variety of paintings at the very same time. Ordinarily 1 big scale piece on canvas and a couple of drawings. I enjoy creating in sequence as nicely, checking out themes by way of a body of operate. Afternoons are used executing the organization side of artwork, documenting operate, updating internet sites, implementing for shows, and so on.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your important influences?

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

Agave at Night time, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


Who are some Rise Artwork artists with work you might be making the most of at the second?

Lisa Kellner went to the very same Graduate School in Boston as I, so I get pleasure from and uncovered her do the job on Increase Art.

Dim Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you at the moment doing work on any exciting new assignments?

This yr has been a chaotic a person in the studio with lots of fee paintings and having again into clay setting up a entire body of botanical encouraged ceramic objects.

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