Michael Pfleghaar, Grand Rapids, MI Member Since January 2007 Artist Statement Artist Michael Pfleghaar has made Grand Rapids, Michigan his home since 1983 and is best known for his colorful oil drawings and paintings. His style is expressive and exaggerated, dealing with subjects ranging from still life, furniture and interior spaces to abstraction. His paintings often portray inanimate objects with animate characteristics in their movement, shape and posture. Pfleghaar is extremely conscious of how objects relate to one another, choosing to create “visual conversations” through the composition of elements.
After graduating from Grand Valley State College in 1989 with a BFA in painting, Michael Pfleghaar has returned to school to pursue his Graduate degree in art. In 2011 Pfleghaar received his MFA in visual arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. An exhibition of thesis work will be on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum titled “Reinforcing Objecthood” in February and March 2012.
“The threads that tie my paintings together are the compositional relationships of figure to ground. Mid-century modern decorative objects such as chairs and vases provide the beginning of my intuitive process of image making. While based in material references, the paintings depart from reality through the abstraction and reduction of the elements to a visually rich state beyond recognition,” said Pfleghaar.
During his career, Michael Pfleghaar has received numerous awards and honors for his work, both nationally and regionally. In addition to his artwork being featured in Studio Visit and American Craft Magazines, Pfleghaar’s pieces are in the permanent art collections including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Steelcase., Neiman Marcus, Herman Miller, and the State of Michigan Governor’s Residence.