Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

“My creative fashion lies somewhere amongst abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility.”

By Increase Artwork | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has lately joined Increase Art, bringing his Hockneyesque Even now Lifes works to the system. Michael is an illustrator, painter and ceramicist. Checking out things of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat space, very simple, clean strains, and well balanced but bold colors to his functions, produces archaeological dialogues in between scenes, configurations, and objects.

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


How would you describe your artistic style?

My inventive design and style lies someplace between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My objective is to merge the two opposing inventive kinds into a one of a kind visual language characterised by flattened place and exaggerated color. Modern style is also an influence in my function as it would seem to stick to a related visual aesthetic and substance for issue matter.

Strong Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


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

The big theme in my operate is associations. Objects and vegetation depicted in my compositions grow to be the surrogates for the figure and how they relate to just about every other visually and symbolically.

Wire Plant Stand, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


How has your observe progressed more than the a long time? Have you normally labored in an abstract design?

Around the a long time my artwork follow has diverse from dim figurative narratives in my undergraduate research to individual inside spaces and continue to lifetime. In graduate faculty my perform progressed to fully non-objective though working with the exact same themes of relationships. I have because appear back again to realism drawing from everyday living as an autobiographical resource although combining features of abstraction.

Michael functioning on a property undertaking at residence (@pfleghaar)


What’s an ordinary working day like in your studio? 

I see myself as an artwork worker so my studio observe is priority. On a typical working day I get there around 9am and function on many paintings at the exact time. Usually just one significant scale piece on canvas and a handful of drawings. I enjoy making in collection as well, exploring themes as a result of a entire body of work. Afternoons are invested performing the business side of artwork, documenting work, updating web sites, applying for shows, and so forth.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your essential influences?

My influences range from aged faculty 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, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


Who are some Rise Art artists with work you might be taking pleasure in at the instant?

Lisa Kellner went to the same Graduate University in Boston as I, so I appreciate and located her work on Increase Artwork.

Dark Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you at the moment doing the job on any thrilling new jobs?

This 12 months has been a busy one particular in the studio with plenty of commission paintings and acquiring back again into clay making a entire body of botanical influenced ceramic objects.