Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

“My creative model lies someplace amongst abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility.”

By Increase Artwork | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has not too long ago joined Increase Artwork, bringing his Hockneyesque Nonetheless Lifes works to the system. Michael is an illustrator, painter and ceramicist. Exploring elements of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat room, uncomplicated, clear traces, and balanced but daring colours to his works, results in archaeological dialogues concerning scenes, configurations, and objects.

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


How would you explain your artistic model?

My artistic design and style lies someplace in between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My aim is to merge the two opposing artistic types into a distinctive visual language characterised by flattened place and exaggerated colour. Contemporary structure is also an affect in my perform as it appears to be to adhere to a identical visible aesthetic and materials for topic matter.

Reliable Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


What messages or themes do you want to connect with your work?

The important concept in my perform is relationships. Objects and crops depicted in my compositions develop into the surrogates for the determine and how they relate to each other visually and symbolically.

Wire Plant Stand, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


How has your follow developed in excess of the many years? Have you often worked in an abstract design?

Around the many years my art observe has assorted from darkish figurative narratives in my undergraduate research to personal inside areas and even now lifestyle. In graduate school my get the job done advanced to solely non-aim though dealing with the identical themes of relationships. I have because appear back to realism drawing from existence as an autobiographical instrument while combining factors of abstraction.

Michael functioning on a house challenge at residence (@pfleghaar)


What’s an typical day like in your studio? 

I see myself as an artwork employee so my studio observe is precedence. On a standard day I get there all over 9am and function on numerous paintings at the exact time. Ordinarily a person substantial scale piece on canvas and a few drawings. I appreciate developing in series as nicely, checking out themes by a overall body of do the job. Afternoons are spent undertaking the organization aspect of art, documenting work, updating web sites, making use of for exhibits, etcetera.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your crucial influences?

My influences vary from previous faculty 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 such as Ettore Sottsass, Charles and Ray Eames, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Agave at Night, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


Who are some Rise Artwork artists with get the job done you’re taking pleasure in at the second?

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

Darkish Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you at present operating on any interesting new projects?

This calendar year has been a busy just one in the studio with tons of commission paintings and getting back into clay building a physique of botanical inspired ceramic objects.

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