Tall White Chair Still Life Drawing by Michael Pfleghaar

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Art Description

Drawing: Oil on Paper.

From the flat files: a tall narrow oil pastel on paper from 1999 depicting a light-drenched chair and plant lit from a window behind. A white slipcovered Lord Yo chair designed by Philippe Starck and a large potted plant hug the outside of the picture plane. Feel free to make an offer on this older work, I need to finance new work.

At a basic level, my practice has always centered around documenting my life. Early on I realized how the things we choose to surround ourselves are a reflection of self. Inanimate objects have always been surrogates for the figure in my work. I tend to compartmentalize the elements in my compositions and thus create a conversation between objects. Mid-century modern design has influenced my work significantly as I collect design items from that period. Simple, clean lines, balance, and organic materials are characteristic of modernism. I approach my compositions as a design process similar to that of a product designer.

My work straddles between objective and abstraction. My early practice consisted of representational still life and interior subjects. During Graduate School my work shifted to complete non-objective imagery. In the last two years, I have revisited the natural world through depictions of botanical and still life objects while bringing abstract elements to the work. Flattening space and objects, mixed media, and masking are examples of techniques I applied from the abstract work to my representational pieces.

Botanicals became a logical progression away from non-representational work due to their inherent free form and abstract structure. Depicting collections of houseplants creates the narrative structure in the work. Various plant stands have become a recent fascination while in turn a way of organizing the compositions.

Image is on heavyweight smooth watercolor paper with 1" paper white border. Shipped rolled in a heavy duty tube, signed, dated, and titled on the back.




Tall White Chair Still Life

Michael Pfleghaar

United States


Size: 15 W x 44 H x 0.1 in

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