Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

“My creative type lies somewhere in between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility.”

By Rise Art | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has recently joined Increase Artwork, bringing his Hockneyesque Even now Lifes works to the platform. Michael is an illustrator, painter and ceramicist. Discovering features of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat house, basic, thoroughly clean strains, and balanced still bold colours to his functions, creates archaeological dialogues involving scenes, options, and objects.

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


How would you describe your creative type?

My creative style lies someplace between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My goal is to combine the two opposing creative designs into a unique visible language characterised by flattened space and exaggerated color. Contemporary design and style is also an influence in my function as it would seem to abide by a identical visible aesthetic and substance for subject matter.

Good Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


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

The important concept in my do the job is interactions. Objects and plants depicted in my compositions turn out to be the surrogates for the figure and how they relate to each and every other visually and symbolically.

Wire Plant Stand, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


How has your observe evolved around the yrs? Have you generally worked in an summary fashion?

Over the several years my artwork observe has various from darkish figurative narratives in my undergraduate scientific studies to personalized inside spaces and continue to daily life. In graduate college my perform developed to totally non-goal whilst working with the similar themes of associations. I have considering that come back to realism drawing from everyday living as an autobiographical tool although combining elements of abstraction.

Michael performing on a household venture at property (@pfleghaar)


What is an regular working day like in your studio? 

I see myself as an artwork worker so my studio follow is priority. On a common working day I arrive around 9am and operate on several paintings at the very same time. Generally one particular huge scale piece on canvas and a couple drawings. I delight in making in series as effectively, checking out themes through a body of operate. Afternoons are used doing the company aspect of artwork, documenting get the job done, updating sites, applying for reveals, and many others.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your crucial influences?

My influences fluctuate from aged college painters this sort 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 this kind of as Ettore Sottsass, Charles and Ray Eames, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Agave at Night, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


Who are some Increase Art artists with operate you’re experiencing at the second?

Lisa Kellner went to the exact Graduate Faculty in Boston as I, so I get pleasure from and located her work on Rise Artwork.

Dim Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you now operating on any thrilling new jobs?

This year has been a hectic a single in the studio with a lot of commission paintings and having again into clay setting up a overall body of botanical impressed ceramic objects.

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