The Art Collection: Artist, Michael Flohr
A thoughtfully curated art collection is a gift that you give yourself. Not only will having pieces that you feel passionately about displayed throughout your home make it a true reflection of yourself, but you’ll personally derive value from your collected works every single day, regardless of whether your purchases appreciate.
Born in Lakeside, California, Michael Flohr paints in a style called ‘Urban Impressionism’. His street scenes are vibrant in color and brilliantly composed. They draw you into their atmosphere with inviting situations. His work typically sells within hours of being displayed in a gallery. Known for being a talented, hard-working artist, he’s very popular with the public and art community.
Michael was first introduced to art at the young age of 5. After being diagnosed with dyslexia, he began going to tutoring in the mornings. There, he was instructed in painting and began working with oil paints at the age of 8. Later, he attended the San Francisco Academy of Art University, where he experimented with all types of artistic media.
A while after graduating, he travelled to Europe to study impressionistic techniques. He began selling his paintings professionally in 2001. In his own words, “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 '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. Sometimes I work with candid photographs. I look for visual clues in a scene and then consider the overwhelming choices of color I can use to create my interpretation of an image. Observation is everything for me. Whether it is seen, heard or read; it is all connected to that which can be processed into a visual.”