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From the flat files: an oil pastel on paper from 1997 depicting an interior still life with a teapot and teacup on a table with a potted houseplant and purple lounge chair.  The dramatic shadows are used as a compositional element to carry the eye from left to right. 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.
From the flat files: an oil pastel on paper from 1997 depicting an interior still life with a teapot and teacup on a table with a potted houseplant and purple lounge chair.  The dramatic shadows are used as a compositional element to carry the eye from left to right. 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.
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Tea Time Drawing

Michael Pfleghaar

United States

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From the flat files: an oil pastel on paper from 1997 depicting an interior still life with a teapot and teacup on a table with a potted houseplant and purple lounge chair. The dramatic shadows are used as a compositional element to carry the eye from left to right. 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.

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Size:30 W x 22 H x 0.1 D in

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Michael Pfleghaar is an artist residing and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his MFA in visual arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2011. Pfleghaar often portrays botanicals and still lifes, infusing them with abstract elements and flattened space to generate new perspectives. His compositions reflect influences from mid-century modern design, evident in the clean lines, balance, and use of organic materials. In 2023, Pfleghaar was chosen as one of four artists to have their work permanently installed as terrazzo floor designs at the Gerald R Ford International Airport. He also received The Best of Show in the 2021 Festival of the Arts and the West Michigan Area Show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo in 2020. Pfleghaar's artwork has been featured in Architectural Digest, Arcadia Magazine, Studio Visit, Metropolitan Home, Solace, and American Craft. Organizations such as the Gilmore Piano Festival 2024, Apple, HBO, CBS, ForeSee, Hayworth, and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts have utilized his artwork as illustrations. In 2016, Pfleghaar attended the Spread Art Artists Residency in Detroit, MI, and in 2013, he was honored with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Ox-Bow School and Artists Residency in Saugatuck, MI. His work was part of the 2012 LGBTQ exhibition ReMix: Revisiting Appropriation, curated by Jonathan Katz in San Francisco, CA. Pfleghaar's original artworks are included in permanent collections, such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Steelcase Inc., Herman Miller, the State of Michigan, and Grand Valley State University.

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