Michael Pfleghaar

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Michael Pfleghaar is a modern illustrator, painter and ceramicist.
Michael’s graphic works possess a strong design element.
In 2022, Michael was voted Best Visual Artist by Grand Rapids Magazine’s Readers Poll.

Illustrator, painter and ceramicist Michael Pfleghaar creates vibrant, Hockneyesque Still Life works. Michael looks to modernist design, architecture, and interiors to inspire his multicoloured abstract paintings, prints, and constructions.

Michael Pfleghaar’s Style

Michael received his MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2011. He often centres his practice on documenting his life. Using inanimate objects as surrogates for figures, Michael creates archaeological dialogues between scenes, settings, and objects. Exploring elements of self-reflection and materiality, the artist applies flat space, simple, clean lines, and balanced yet bold colours to his works. The resulting compositions present an almost cartoonish orderliness, hum with a unique personality, and are optically satisfying.

Press, Commissions and Exhibitions

Arcadia Magazine, Studio Visit, Metropolitan Home, Solace, and American Craft have featured his work. Leading organisations such as Apple, ForeSee, Hayworth, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park are among the many to have purchased or commissioned Michael's illustrative artwork. You can find his original artworks in permanent collections, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Steelcase IncHerman Miller, the State of Michigan and Grand Valley State University.

Selected Works

Black Rose Succulent by Michael Pfleghaar

Black Rose Succulent

Paintings - 91x91 cm
Ebony in Shadow by Michael Pfleghaar

Ebony in Shadow

Paintings - 51x41 cm
In The Sunlight by Michael Pfleghaar

In The Sunlight

Paintings - 91x91 cm
In the Spotlight by Michael Pfleghaar

In the Spotlight

Paintings - 91x91 cm
Crown of Thorns by Michael Pfleghaar

Crown of Thorns

Paintings - 51x41 cm
Sidewalk Succulents by Michael Pfleghaar

Sidewalk Succulents

Paintings - 50x66 cm
Solid Liquid Glass by Michael Pfleghaar

Solid Liquid Glass

Paintings - 91x91 cm
Monstera Shadows 3 by Michael Pfleghaar

Monstera Shadows 3

Paintings - 51x41 cm
Monstera Shadows 2 by Michael Pfleghaar

Monstera Shadows 2

Paintings - 51x41 cm
Monstera Shadows 1 by Michael Pfleghaar

Monstera Shadows 1

Paintings - 51x41 cm

Saguaro Trio

Paintings - 51x41 cm

Wire Plant Stand

Paintings - 91x91 cm

Dark Philodendron 5

Paintings - 41x51 cm

Dark Botanical 4

Paintings - 41x51 cm

Dark Philodendron 4

Paintings - 41x51 cm

Swiss Cheese Plant

Paintings - 51x41 cm

Variegated Monstera on Pink

Paintings - 51x41 cm

Agave Trio

Paintings - 50x66 cm

Boardwalk Cactus

Paintings - 50x66 cm

Prickly Pear on Gray

Paintings - 51x41 cm

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