Michael Flohr (American, b. 1975) has a technical style, loosely defined as “Contemporary Urban Impressionism”, that has been described as "a combination of avant-garde, abstract expressionism and impressionism”. He uses strong square brush strokes and heavy texture and jewel-toned colors to create his masterworks of original oils and hand-embellished limited edition giclees.
Michael Flohr was born in 1975 in Lakeside, California and is a contemporary art oil painter who is best known for his impressionistic urban landscapes. His scenes are known for "depicting ordinary moments in extraordinary ways" and his work has been called "an intellectually artistic mastery of color, perspective, technique and vision that redefines impressionism and abstract expressionism"
As a five-year-old child, Michael Flohr was diagnosed with dyslexia. He went to tutoring in the mornings, where his tutor also taught Michael how to paint. As an adult Flohr went to work in a casino in San Diego, but still had an affinity for painting. As art continued to be strength for Flohr, he decided to attend the San Francisco Academy of Art University, where he experimented with all types of media and artistic styles.
During his final year at the academy he received the Herman Lambert Scholarship at the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, exhibiting among the likes of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. Michael Flohr graduated in 2000 from the San Francisco Academy of Art. In the same year, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum included Michael Flohr's paintings into their exhibition in Golden Gate Park. Flohr then traveled to Europe to study impressionistic techniques.
Michael Flohr began selling his artwork professionally in 2001. He emerged as a young master and achieved enormous success in the following years. He produces textured original oil paintings and limited edition prints on canvas which a have thick texture paint embellishments to give an original appearance. His work is shown in select galleries throughout the US and Europe.
When asked about his influences, Flohr says: “The works of impressionist artists throughout history inspire me, specifically Pissaro, Monet, Manet, and Degas. Like these artists, I prefer to work in oils. I love oil paint because of its durability and the richness it brings to the canvas. I also believe that most people with an appreciation for art respect an artist's use of this classic medium.
“I do not work with models. I prefer to sketch plein air (in the moment) as a scene unfolds, most often with charcoal. Many times, these sketches will become works of art in themselves, because they capture a different mood.”
“A painting can just be something that pleases your eye. It doesn’t have to have a meaning. You don’t have to dissect it. Enjoy its beauty and what it brings to you.”
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