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Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

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Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

“My creative design lies somewhere involving abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility.”

By Rise Art | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has lately joined Increase Artwork, bringing his Hockneyesque Still 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, simple, clean strains, and balanced but daring colors to his performs, produces archaeological dialogues amongst scenes, configurations, and objects.

Michael making use of underglaze to some new greenware ceramic sculptures (@pfleghaar)


How would you explain your inventive style?

My artistic design lies someplace between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My objective is to combine the two opposing inventive kinds into a distinctive visual language characterised by flattened space and exaggerated colour. Modern style is also an impact in my work as it appears to adhere to a identical visible aesthetic and materials for matter subject.

Stable Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


What messages or themes do you want to communicate with your perform?

The important concept in my perform is interactions. Objects and crops depicted in my compositions develop into 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 over the yrs? Have you usually labored in an summary fashion?

About the years my artwork follow has diversified from dark figurative narratives in my undergraduate scientific studies to own inside areas and even now existence. In graduate college my get the job done evolved to entirely non-objective even though working with the exact themes of relationships. I have due to the fact come back again to realism drawing from everyday living as an autobiographical tool when combining things of abstraction.

Michael doing the job on a home venture at dwelling (@pfleghaar)


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

I see myself as an artwork employee so my studio follow is priority. On a standard day I get there around 9am and perform on various paintings at the exact time. Generally one significant scale piece on canvas and a couple drawings. I take pleasure in building in collection as perfectly, discovering themes via a body of do the job. Afternoons are put in performing the business side of artwork, documenting perform, updating web sites, making use of for displays, and so on.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your vital influences?

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

Agave at Evening, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


Who are some Rise Art artists with function you might be making the most of at the minute?

Lisa Kellner went to the identical Graduate School in Boston as I, so I appreciate and discovered her do the job on Rise Art.

Dark Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you at the moment functioning on any exciting new initiatives?

This calendar year has been a occupied just one in the studio with loads of commission paintings and obtaining again into clay developing a entire body of botanical encouraged ceramic objects.

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