Artist David Middlebrook


David Middlebrook

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Generation Gap

Generation Gap

Cast Aluminum

16 H x 43 W x 3.5” D

Series 2 of 3

Breath of Fresh Air

Breath of Fresh Air


Ceramic Resin and Bronze

5 H x 6 W x 3' D

Series 2 of 3



White marble, Invested Aqua Resin, Bronze

12’6" H x 15’4” W x 5’6” D

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Baltic Matte and Resin

40 H x 78 W x 13” D

Edition 1 of 3

The Tides that Bind

The Tides that Bind

Maple & Apricot Wood, Thai Silk



Cast Bronze and Basalt

79 H x 18 W x 18” D

Series 1 of 3

Natural Selection

Natural Selection

Cast Bronze and Marble

74 H x 17 W x 17” D



Cast and hand-painted Aluminum, Cast Bronze, Carved Wood

72'' high x 32'' wide x 17'' deep

The Game

The Game  

Carved wood, Polished Stainless steel, Cast Aluminum and Resin

76" high  x 26'' x wide x 26'' deep

Paper TrailPaper

Trail Paper

Infused Resin, Wood Veneer, Cast Bronze

53”H x 36”W x 36”D 

Golden Girls

Golden Girls

Wood, Cast Bronze

57”H x 14”W x 14”D


Carbon, 2009
Cast bronze, Carved basalt
24"h x 18"


22" x 23" x 8"


Heirloom, 2007
Bronze & Aluminum
48" x 38" x 36"

Nature's Revenge

Nature's Revenge, 2004
Cast Aluminum, Bronze Cordoza
9'5" x 4' x 30"

The Price of Beauty

The Price of Beauty, 2010
Carved Pine and Bronze
38" x 36"

Queen of Time

Queen of Time

Cast Bronze, Resin, Wood, Paper

76”H x 33”W x 28”D



Cast Aluminum and Bronze

27”H x 22”W x 7”D

Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk

Bronze, Blackboard Slate, Steel

49”H x 72”W x 24”D

Maiden China

Maiden China

Cast Bronze

28”H x 36”W x 36”D

King of Things

King of Things, 2010
Bronze, Aluminum, Indian Gibble, Cast Epoxy
6'5" x 29" x 26"



Cast Aluminum and Bronze

31”H x 22”W x 16”D

Thorn of Plenty

Thorn of Plenty

Marble, Palet Wood, Bronze

77”H x 39”W x 24”D

Passions by Gary Reyes SJ Mercury News

Behind the scenes footage with Middlebrook at his studio

creating his gravity defying, master pieces. View Video

Collision Course

Collision Course
Cast Bronze, Aluminum, Carved White Marble

72” x variable width and depth




(b. 1944  Jackson, Michigan)

Now lives and works in Los Gatos, California




B.A. Albion College, Albion, Michigan

M.A. University of Iowa

M.F.A University of Iowa




Associate Director of Fine Arts, School of Art and Design

San Jose State University, San Jose, California


Visiting Artist/Resident Member, Bottega Versiliese, Pietra Santa, Italy. Permanent sculpture residency for execution of large-scale, marble and stone work. (24 resident visits since 1963)

Visiting Resident Artist (selected): Notre Dame University, Indiana (summer session) Mills College, California (one semester), Ohio State University, Ohio (summer session), Australian Arts Council, Australia (one year), University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (one year)







2013        Solo Show Installation, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012  University Museum, Sacramento State University

2012      Think Things, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, California

2010-2011  Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California

2010       TRITON Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California

2009     ARDEL Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand

2008    Mac Fine Art, Miami Basel International Art Fair, Miami, Florida

2007    Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, California

2006      New Works, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, New York

2005      “Nature Takes Its Course,” Warner Center, Los Angeles, California

2004    “Tip”: The Iceberg Project, Gordon Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2003    Bill Gould Architectural, One-year installment, San Jose, California

2001    Heritage Bank, San Jose, California

1998  Contemporary Art Center, Sacramento, CA

1995   Quantum Corporation, San Jose, California

1992     "Earth Abides", Contemporary Wing, San Jose Museum of Art, California. One-year installation

   Quantum Corporation. San Jose, California

1990     Miami of Ohio University Sculpture-Site Art, Hiestand Museum, Oxford, Ohio

1988-89  American-Jewish Cultural Center, Jerusalem, Israel

1987  Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver, Colorado

       Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1986    Marilyn Butler Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona

                      Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado

1985              Ree Schonlau Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska

1984              Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1983              Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

                      Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, California

                      One Man Exhibition, Capetown, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

1982              Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota

                      Things Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1981              Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

                      "Reconstructions" at San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California

                      "Drawings and Paintings" at Richland College, Dallas, Texas

                      Ceramic sculpture and painting at the Art Gallery and State College, San Bernardino, California

1980              "Drawings and Paintings", Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California

                       Museum of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia

                       David Reid Gallery, Sydney, Australia

                       Museum of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1979               Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York

1978               Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California

                       Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California

1977               Mills College, Oakland, California

                       Pennsylvania State University, College Park, Pennsylvania

                       Wabash College Museum, Crafordsville, Indiana

1976               Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California

                       Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York

1975               Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

                       Center for Contemporary Art, Lexington, Kentucky




2013        Time, Space, Existence, Palazzo Bembo, Venice Biennale 2013

2013        Group Exhibition,  MondaPart,  Paris, France

2011               The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, California

2009               Affordable Art Fair, Selected Juried Invitational, New York, NewYork

                       Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California

2007-9            Dublin Art Council Nation Invitational Sculpture Show, Columbus, Ohio

2008               The El Paseo Invitational, Palm Desert, California, 2 year exhibition

2007               Works Gallery, San Jose, California, American-Thai Exchange Show                                          

                       Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, California

                       Hampton Road Gallery/Peter Marcelle Gallery, South Hampton, Long Island, New York

                       “Merit Badge 2”  Rockland Center for the Arts

                       Sculpture on View: Works from the Art Foundry, The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, California

                       “Artists & World Environment” Thai-American Art Exhibition, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2006               Bronze and Stone, Armstrong Gallery, Pomona, California

                       California Invitational, Buckeye Art Garden, Petaluma, California

2005               Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, California

                       International 75th Anniversary Outdoor Sculptural Garden

                       “Sit Down!” Artist Bench Invitational, Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, California.

                       “Merit Badge” Exhibition & National Invitational, Rockland Center for the Arts

2004               Woodlot Gallery, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Outdoor tandem one-man show with Richard Hunt

                       8 major outdoor free standing works by each artist on 25 acre wooded estate on Lake Michigan.

                       Warner Center, Woodland Hills, California.

2003-              Standing Room Only, Scripps 60th Annual,

2004               Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

2003               Warner Center group show.

2002               Contemporary American Ceramics (1950-1990),

                       The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

2001               "Out Door / In Door" City of Santa Clara, Invitational City Hall and Civic Plaza, Santa Clara, California

2000                National Ceramic Conference Featured Museum Show at Charlotte, North Carolina

                        Pacific Rim Sculpture Show Invitational Juror Exhibitor

1999                National Touring Show "Sculpture of the Nineties"

1995                Middlebrook-Middlebrook, Corporate Contemporary Center, Corporate Mall, Sacramento, California

                        Syntax Corp., Sunnyvale, California

                        San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art Group Show - Public Art

1994                San Francisco International Airport

                        San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

                        D.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, California

1993                D.P. Fong Show, San Jose Art League, San Jose, California

1992                San Jose Museum of Art, KETH Auction Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, California

                        KETH Auction Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, California

                        Group Exhibition, Cadence Corporation, San Jose, California

1991               "Florence-Santa Clara: Two Schools of Sculpture ", Academia delle Arti del Disegnno and Triton Museum of Art

1989                San Francisco International Airport, C.C.A. Small Sculpture Show

                        Palo Alto Cultural Center, Bay Area Sculptural Invitational

1988-89          "National 30-year Survey of the History of Raku" tour of five museums, originated St. Louis, Missouri

1988               "Stone, Metal, and Wood" Palo Alto Cultural Center, contemporary sculpture in Northern California

1987               "Passagio" with Noguchi, Pomadoro, Max Bill, Botera, Fannagan, Lucca, Italy

                       "25th Anniversary Exhibition " Museum of Versalia, Pietrasanta, Italy

                       "Chicago International Art Exposition" at the Navy Pier, Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

                        Faculty Drawing Show, San Jose Museum, San Jose, California

1986               "School of San Jose", San Jose State University, California

                       "Another Great Love Affair", Denver Museum, Colorado

1985               Carol & Hiroko Hansen Collection of Ceramic Art", Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado

                       "Altered Spaces", Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

                        Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1984                Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, California

                       "Just Sculpture", Young Gallery, San Jose, California 

1983               "American Clay Artist: Philadelphia' 83", The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                       "Soup, Soup, Beautiful Soup", Campbell Museum, New Jersey, traveling to eight locations through 1985

1982               "Forgotten Dimension" traveling exhibition, International Sculpture Conference

                       "Pacific Currents", San Jose Museum of Art, California

                       "Art and/or Craft: USA and Japan", Kyoto, Tokyo and USA

1981               "Outdoor Sculpture", Wichita Museum of Art, California

                        San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California

                        Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, New York

1980               "Joshua Wedgewood Memorial Invitational",

                        Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

                        Omaha Invitational, Joshland Museum, Nebraska

1979               "Northern California Clay Routes: Sculpture Now", San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California

                       "Illusionism in America", traveling exhibition from Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Denver Art Museum




2007-9            Dublin Art Council Nation Invitational Sculpture Show, Columbus, OH. 2 year show, Purchase Award

2004               Village Green Outdoor Multi-Section Sculptural Commission

2003               Episcopal Church by the Sea, Fountain sculpture. Santa Monica, California

2001- 2004     Finalist City of Dublin Emerald Glen Park

2001               1st prize City of Santa Clara Out Door Sculpture Exhibition

                       Berkeley Public Library

1999               Weston Hotel, Palo Alto, California

1993               Finalist, Colorado Springs International Airport Competition

1992               Finalist National Competition, Ohio Arts Council. Ohio State University, Mendenhall Laboratories

1990-              City of Davis, Pole Line Road, overpass wall and apron mural design

1990               Stapleton International Airport Lobby Piece

                       Natomas Station, California Sculpture Garden. Installed 350-foot sculptural granite ruin walls

1989               Davis Central Park Sculptor's Competition, San Jose International Airport, Entrance mural

                       Santa Cruz, Pacific Garden Mall




2010               San Jose Mercury News, Cover Story, November 3, 2010

2009               “Richard Calderhead’s Reviews of the Week” N-art-Y,

2009               “Defying Gravity” ARTSHIFT,

2003               Ancient Muses: Archaeology and The arts – Contributing writer and Images of "Step in Stone Time" featured

2002               "Working with Clay Edition II" Susan Peterson

                       "Contemporary American Ceramics" 1950 - 1990. A survey of American objects and vessels.

2001               Review of "Step in Stone" in Sculpture magazine, San Jose Mercury News.

1988-1993     Sculpture Magazine, three issues

1993               Feature article for the National Arts Magazine about myself as an American working in Italy

1992               Creative Sculptured Bath, featured in Home & Garden magazine, September, 1992, issue

1991               Contemporary Ceramics, Susan Peterson

1990               Art Week

1989-1990     Who's Who in American art, R.R. Bowker

1989               Contemporary Stone Artists, Franco Stravini (published in Italian only)

1988               American Art of the 80s, MacMillan

1970-             Ceramics Month, numerous issues, May, 1979, feature article

1982               Art News

1980               Australian Art, fall 1980 issue, feature article

1979               Low Fire Ceramics, Brody

1968               Crafts Horizons Magazine, work reviewed and

1979               illustrated, ten issues

1978               American Ceramics and California Ceramics, Danhouser

                       A Century of Ceramics in the United States, Clark & Hughto

1978               Hand building, Woody

                       Points of View 15 Artists, Pipenburg

                       Contemporary American Ceramics, Pipenburg

1977               Tradition and change, Hall

                       Artist & Life Styles, Moore

1975               Raku, Pipenburg




2005               Sierra Nevada College, Visiting Artist Workshops

2004               College of Sierra Nevada Summer Sculpture Workshops

2003               Featured panelist "National Society of American Archeologists" June ’03 “Art as Artifact”, Washington, DC

1986               Lecture, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

                       Lecture, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

                       Panelist, NCECA, San Antonio, Texas

1985               Lecture, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. Pueblo, Colorado

                       Panelist, NCECA Conference, San Antonio, Texas

                       San Francisco Art Institute, Rhode Island School of Design

                       Cranbrook Academy of Art, Scripps College

1995               Stone/Marble Symposium, Carrera, Italy. San Francisco Art Academy

1994               Lecture, San Jose Museum of Art. Ohio State University

1993               Lecture, "Public Art: Past, Present, Future", Pueblo, Colorado

1990               Northern Kentucky State, University of Cincinnati, Miami Ohio University

1986               Lecture, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

                       Lecture, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

                       Panelist, NCECA, San Antonio, Texas

1985               Lecture, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. Pueblo, Colorado

                       Panelist, NCECA Conference, San Antonio, Texas

                       San Francisco Art Institute, Rhode Island School of Design

                       Cranbrook Academy of Art, Scripps College

1982               Six-month lecturer and workshop tour of Australia

1980               Art Institute of Chicago, five-month residency in South Africa



Oakland Museum of Art, CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art       

American Craft Museum

Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia

Museum of the NT, Darwin, Australia   

Koehler Museum, Brisbane, Australia  

Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

High Museum, Atlanta, GA

National Contemporary Gallery, Canberra Australia     

San Jose Museum of Art                                                   

NYC Museum of Art and Design

Kentucky Arts Commission Touring Collection 

Davenport Municipal Gallery, Iowa

Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, Ohio

Cedar Rapids Art Center, IA

DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA   

San Jose International Airport, CA

Fujitsu Corporation                                                              

Westin Hotel, Palo Alto, CA                             

Siding Australia, Sunnyvale, CA

Heritage Bank, San Jose, CA                                                

Continental Bank, IL       

McDonald’s, Inc.

Cadence Corporation, San Jose, CA

Amdahl, San Jose, CA                                                           

City of Sacramento, CA                                                                                    

City of Santa Cruz, CA                                                          

City of Davis, CA                                        

City of Folsom, CA                                                                 

City of Kent (Seattle), WA 

State of Colorado    

University of Iowa  

University of Washington 
Arizona State University  

University of Kansas

Winona State College, MN                                                   

Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, Colorado                 
County of Milwaukee, WI




Bob & Jan Frank, Los Altos, CA                                                 

Rosemary & Ted Buttner, Sunol, CA                                             

Ken & Shari Sweeney, Gilroy, CA

Carol and Kurt Peterson                                                     

Judith & Frank Marshall, Palm Springs, CA

Ann & Don Gralnek, Los Gatos, CA  

Dr. Donald Head Estate, Saratoga, CA                     

Bob & Jan Fenwick, Los Altos, CA  

Dr. Andreas and Khanitha Neuer, Dortmund, Germany

Stephan A. Jansen Friedrichshafen, Germany

Anne Mandenoff and Guy de Vleeschouwer Brussels, Belgium