Irrepressibly enthusiastic about his art, Middleman is steeped in the
roots of the imagery of Western painting. His tumultuous canvases with
their splashing brushstrokes -- landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still
lifes or narratives -- each one conveys his sense of joy and pleasure
in its creation. Middleman explores the whole range of the painters
art. His portraits -- perverse and confrontational -- take as their subjects
his family, friends, neighbors, street people, pulling truths from these
faces his subjects may not have known were there. His landscapes are like
cantatas composed of painterly fugues of light and shadow, line and color.
Hes painted the French countryside, the Cape Cod seacoast, the farmlands
of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Tramping around the Baltimore harbor area
for most of his adult life he finds beauty in rotting wharves, abandoned
factories, rusted oil tanks. The thread that holds this explosion of productivity
together is the joy he encounters in his work.