Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

“My inventive design lies somewhere among abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility.”

By Increase Art | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has not too long ago joined Increase Artwork, bringing his Hockneyesque Nevertheless Lifes works to the platform. Michael is an illustrator, painter and ceramicist. Exploring components of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat area, easy, cleanse lines, and well balanced nevertheless bold colours to his operates, makes archaeological dialogues involving scenes, options, and objects.

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


How would you describe your inventive design and style?

My inventive model lies somewhere in between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My purpose is to incorporate the two opposing creative types into a exclusive visible language characterised by flattened place and exaggerated color. Fashionable layout is also an influence in my do the job as it would seem to abide by a similar visual aesthetic and product for matter make a difference.

Sound Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


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

The main concept in my work is interactions. Objects and vegetation depicted in my compositions become the surrogates for the determine and how they relate to just about every other visually and symbolically.

Wire Plant Stand, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


How has your practice advanced over the a long time? Have you generally labored in an abstract design and style?

Around the years my artwork apply has different from dark figurative narratives in my undergraduate experiments to personalized inside areas and however lifetime. In graduate university my function advanced to entirely non-objective while working with the exact themes of interactions. I have since appear back to realism drawing from everyday living as an autobiographical software while combining factors of abstraction.

Michael working on a dwelling venture at household (@pfleghaar)


What is an typical working day like in your studio? 

I see myself as an artwork worker so my studio apply is priority. On a usual working day I arrive around 9am and work on many paintings at the similar time. Usually one huge scale piece on canvas and a couple of drawings. I take pleasure in creating in collection as perfectly, exploring themes via a system of get the job done. Afternoons are used carrying out the organization aspect of artwork, documenting do the job, updating websites, implementing for exhibits, etcetera.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your critical influences?

My influences differ from outdated faculty painters this sort 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 these types of as Ettore Sottsass, Charles and Ray Eames, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Agave at Night, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


Who are some Increase Artwork artists with work you are enjoying at the second?

Lisa Kellner went to the similar Graduate College in Boston as I, so I take pleasure in and found her do the job on Increase Art.

Dim Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you at this time working on any remarkable new tasks?

This year has been a busy a person in the studio with lots of fee paintings and acquiring again into clay constructing a physique of botanical motivated ceramic objects.

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