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About the artist
Rob Middleton began a lifelong commitment to abstract expressionist painting while a psychology major at Princeton University. In the over 20 years since then Middleton has utilized a multitude of techniques and materials all in the service of producing abstraction with minimal pattern. One intention of this style of art is to encourage the mind to rest and experience a free flow of thoughts and emotions unconstrained by objective reality. Viewers are free to find their own meaning in a Middleton painting, or no meaning at all. Works are rarely given titles that themselves impose an order or meaning onto the painting. For similar reasons, Middleton avoids the imposition of a signature beyond marking his works with only an iconic R.
Middleton works out of a studio in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. He has displayed his art in Jacksonville, Atlanta, Miami, Princeton, NJ, and Hattiesburg, MS. His work hangs in over 50 private collections in the U.S. and Europe, including the renowned collection of Preston H. Haskell, III.
R Middleton Studio is open every Jacksonville Art Walk, first Wednesdays
October - December 2017 · Showing at the Jacksonville International Airport
05/06/17 · Participating artist in Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville 41st Annual Arts Awards Gala
December 2016 · Sold work at Art Basel Miami Beach!
December 2015 - December 2016 · Displayed work in Jacksonville City Hall, City Council Offices
10/12/16 · Donated work to Equality Florida Auction
05/07/16 · Participating artist in Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville 40th Annual Arts Awards Gala, including painting a custom abstract bow tie design for Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
11/07/15 - 02/27/16 · R Middleton art at Wolf & Cub pop-up
01/29/16 · Launch of R Middleton Art News email newsletter
Art Walk, 11/04/15 · Red Series
Art Walk, 10/07/15 · Last chance to see large works in studio this year