Contemporary American Painter
Upcoming Show: Inside Out prints & watercolors
The C. Grimaldis Gallery
"Inside Out" | Prints and Watercolors
- On view: January 20 - March 5, 2016
- C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 N. Charles Street Baltimore, Md 21201
Raoul Middleman approaches printmaking the way he does every other art form: attacking head-on, without the least premeditation or planning. He has always made prints from time to time, but in recent years his interest in printmaking has deepened. In the new etchings, the fresh approach he brought to his rst woodcut, “Forest Edge”, remains unchanged - he attacks the zinc or copper plate with the same zest.
In printmaking, Middleman often works from observation, but just as often will bring to life the images that are teeming in his mind. Working from imagination allows him to put together his favorite obsessions: women, horses, burlesque, and racetrack scenes. From his studio window, he can work from direct observation of the dilapidated streets surrounding the old jail and the “Cloud” mattress factory. In this way Middleman merges the past and the present, combining in a dreamlike way his old beloved and vanished Baltimore with the present realities that surround him.
Raoul Middleman is known for his expressive painterly landscapes, cityscapes, still lifes, and narratives. His paintings can be found in private and public collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; National Academy of Design; Johns Hopkins Hospital; New York Public Library; and Syracuse University. He is internationally collected in Italy, France, Germany and Scotland.
Raoul Middleman is currently a painting teacher at the Maryland Institute College of Art , beginning in 1961, and was the Painting Department Chair from 1974-1978.
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Huffington Post Review
Raoul Middleman must be Baltimore's biggest artistic champion since John Waters - wait, Middleman's been at it longer, painting his native city and its colorful denizens in a homegrown expressionist manner for upwards of half a century. Middleman's manner finds the middle ground between Oskar Kokoschka and Alice Neel, so you can imagine how he does faces and bodies and even clothing, how uncomfortable his sitters sit but how comfortable they seem in their skin.
For at least half his career Middleman has taken great delight in rendering various female friends and acquaintances in provocative, often risqué poses and garb (if not situations). Some are as floozed-out in real life as they are on canvas, but the bulk, apparently, are just bohemian belles getting a little raunch on for uncle Raoul. I mean, look what they do for Waters.
By Peter Frank