This dynamic improvisational composition combines paint, ink and stamps on a textural layering of paper and printed material on board. It is signed on the bottom right and dated 65. It is a fine example of his early style. The artwork measures 7 1/2 inches wide by 9 1/4 inches tall. It is in professional period framing from the acclaimed Dow and Frosini in Berkley, California. It measures 13 1/2 inches wide by 15 inches tall - framed. It is beautifully preserved with no damage or discoloration of the art surface. The Black linen mat exhibits no fading or wear. The beveled black frame has very minor wear with the option of being restored to a satin black finish if desired. A Samuel Middleton work from this period would be a significant addition to any Mid-Century art collection.
Sam Middleton (1927-2015) was one of the leading 20th-century American artists living and working in the Netherlands. Working in watercolor, gouache and collage, his mixed media work offers expressive movement and energy in color and abstract form.
After joining and travelling with the Merchant Marines, he settled in Greenwich Village - a neighborhood defined by its creative culture. There he formed friendships with New York artists, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline. His work was deeply inspired by jazz legends John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker among others. In 1955, in search of a more open-minded atmosphere than pre-Civil Rights United States, Middleton moved to Mexico, then Spain, Sweden and Denmark, settling in The Netherlands in 1961 and established himself as one of The Netherlands’ premier artists.
In the late 1950's and early 1960's, Middleton's work was regularly shown in American museums, including New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Baltimore Museum of Art. From abroad he sustained his reputation in the United States, resulting in his inclusion in several prominent books on African American art. Middleton's work is found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Hampton University Museum in Virginia, the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.'s Howard University. His work is also in museums in Australia, Israel and The Netherlands, including Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum and Venlo’s Van Bommel Van Dam Museum.
Recently, Middleton was represented in "America Is Hard To See", the inaugural exhibition in the New Whitney Museum in New York City in 2015 and a posthumous exhibition - "The Sam I am is Collage" at the Gerald Peters Contemporary Gallery in New York in 2017.