Interview with Michael Pfleghaar, Still Lifes Between Realism and Abstraction

“My inventive design lies someplace between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility.”

By Rise Art | 21 Sept 2022

Michael Pfleghaar has not long ago joined Rise Art, bringing his Hockneyesque Continue to Lifes works to the platform. Michael is an illustrator, painter and ceramicist. Discovering features of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat house, easy, thoroughly clean traces, and balanced however bold colors to his is effective, results in archaeological dialogues in between scenes, options, and objects.

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


How would you explain your inventive style?

My creative style lies somewhere in between abstraction and realism with colourist sensibility. My objective is to blend the two opposing artistic models into a one of a kind visible language characterised by flattened house and exaggerated color. Modern day structure is also an impact in my function as it looks to comply with a related visual aesthetic and product for topic make any difference.

Reliable Liquid Glass, 2019, by Michael Pfleghaar


What messages or themes do you want to communicate with your get the job done?

The big topic in my work is interactions. Objects and vegetation depicted in my compositions grow to be 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 exercise developed around the decades? Have you normally labored in an abstract model?

Around the many years my artwork follow has diversified from dark figurative narratives in my undergraduate scientific studies to private inside spaces and however life. In graduate faculty my do the job progressed to fully non-goal though working with the very same themes of associations. I have due to the fact arrive back again to realism drawing from lifetime as an autobiographical tool whilst combining components of abstraction.

Michael doing the job on a house undertaking at property (@pfleghaar)


What is an typical day like in your studio? 

I see myself as an art employee so my studio exercise is precedence. On a common day I arrive all over 9am and operate on several paintings at the very same time. Commonly one particular massive scale piece on canvas and a couple of drawings. I delight in creating in collection as very well, checking out themes as a result of a body of perform. Afternoons are put in carrying out the enterprise facet of artwork, documenting function, updating websites, implementing for shows, and so on.

Monstera Shadows 1, 2021, by Michael Pfleghaar


What/Who are your key influences?

My influences change from aged university painters these types 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 Artwork artists with operate you might be taking pleasure in at the second?

Lisa Kellner went to the similar Graduate Faculty in Boston as I, so I get pleasure from and identified her perform on Rise Artwork.

Darkish Botanical 4, 2022, by Michael Pfleghaar


Are you at the moment performing on any remarkable new projects?

This yr has been a chaotic one particular in the studio with a lot of fee paintings and getting back again into clay developing a physique of botanical impressed ceramic objects.