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Painting, Acrylic on Paper
Size: 16 W x 20 H x 0.1 D in
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Mixed media, flashe, archival brush marker, and acrylic on heavy duty watercolor paper. A tabletop still life of a white lily in a vase, Ikea lantern, chair, and colorfully striped tablecloth. This was a piece I started on vacation this summer in a cabin in Northern Michigan. Signed, titled, and dated on the back.
Painting:Acrylic on Paper
Size:16 W x 20 H x 0.1 D in
Packaging:Ships in a Box
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Michael Pfleghaar received his MFA in visual arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design, Boston, MA in 2011. Modern and contemporary design objects, architecture, botanicals, and interiors inspire Pfleghaar’s colorful representational and abstract paintings and drawings. 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 with 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. The work straddles between objective and abstraction, with early paintings depicting scenes of representational still life and interior subjects. During Graduate School my work shifted to complete non-objective imagery. I often revisit 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. In 2022, Michael was voted Best Visual Artist by Grand Rapids Magazine’s Readers Poll. He was also awarded The Best of Show in the 2021 Festival of the Arts and in the West Michigan Area Show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo in 2020. His artwork has been featured in Arcadia Magazine, Studio Visit, Metropolitan Home, Solace, and American Craft. Apple, HBO, CBS, ForeSee, Hayworth, and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts are a few of the organizations that have utilized Pfleghaar's artwork as illustrations. Pfleghaar attended the Spread Art Artists Residency in Detroit, MI and in 2013 was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Ox-Bow School and Artists Residency in Saugatuck, MI. His work was included in the 2012 LGBTQ exhibition ReMix: Revisiting Appropriation, curated by Jonathan Katz in San Francisco, CA. His original artworks are in permanent collections including 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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