September 26, 2022

I Fall For Art

Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

“My creative fashion lies someplace involving abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility.”

By Rise Art | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has not long ago joined Rise Artwork, bringing his Hockneyesque Continue to Lifes works to the platform. Michael is an illustrator, painter and ceramicist. Discovering components of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat space, easy, clear traces, and balanced however bold colours to his performs, generates archaeological dialogues amongst scenes, options, and objects.

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


How would you explain your creative type?

My artistic design and style lies somewhere in between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My objective is to combine the two opposing creative styles into a unique visual language characterised by flattened house and exaggerated color. Modern day layout is also an impact in my function as it looks to follow a related visible aesthetic and product for topic issue.

Stable Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


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

The key concept in my get the job done is interactions. Objects and crops depicted in my compositions develop into 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 follow evolved more than the yrs? Have you constantly labored in an abstract design?

More than the decades my artwork practice has diversified from dark figurative narratives in my undergraduate scientific studies to particular inside areas and still everyday living. In graduate faculty my function developed to fully non-goal though dealing with the identical themes of associations. I have because occur again to realism drawing from existence as an autobiographical resource though combining elements of abstraction.

Michael functioning on a dwelling job at dwelling (@pfleghaar)


What is an typical working day like in your studio? 

I see myself as an artwork worker so my studio follow is priority. On a normal working day I get there close to 9am and get the job done on various paintings at the exact time. Normally one particular large scale piece on canvas and a couple drawings. I take pleasure in creating in collection as perfectly, exploring themes by means of a overall body of function. Afternoons are expended doing the enterprise facet of art, documenting operate, updating sites, applying for shows, etcetera.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your crucial influences?

My influences range from old college painters these types 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 time, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


Who are some Rise Artwork artists with function you’re experiencing at the minute?

Lisa Kellner went to the identical Graduate Faculty in Boston as I, so I love and found her operate on Rise Artwork.

Dim Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you at the moment performing on any fascinating new jobs?

This calendar year has been a occupied just one in the studio with lots of fee paintings and acquiring back into clay making a physique of botanical encouraged ceramic objects.