David Middlebrook

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Carved Douglas Fir, Epoxy Inlay, Cast Bronze

74" H x 40" W x 21"D

Hot Air

Hot Air 

Cast Alumunium, Bronze, Carved Cork

85" H x 32" W x 25" D



Cast Aluminum and Bronze, Carved White Carrara Marble

88" H x 24" W x 22"D



Cast Alumunium, Bronze, Inlay Epoxy

36" H x 19" W x 22" D

Collision Course

Collision Course
Cast Bronze, Aluminum and Carved White Marble

72” H x variable width and depth

From the One Came Many

From the One Came Many

Cast Aluminum and Bronze, Ceramic Invested Fiberglass

73" H x 36" W x 39"D



Cast Aluminum, Natural Wood, Epoxy

72" H x 17" W x 17" D



Douglas Fir, Inlay Epoxy, Cast Aluminum and Bronze

37"H x 21" W x 24"D




Cast Bronze, Italian Slate, Epoxy

21" H x 25"W x 22"D



Cast Bronze, Polyester Resin, Felt

40"H x 24" W x 14"D

Lasting Impression

Lasting Impression

Cast Aluminum

18" H x 19" W x 14"D

American Time Best (Ban Ball)

American Time Best (Ban Ball)

Cast Bronze, Glazed Ceramic, Woven Fiber 

16" H x 12" W x 12" D



Carved Douglas Fir, Cast Aluminum and Bronze

65.5"H x 32"W x 26"D

Generation Gap

Generation Gap

Cast Aluminum

16 H x 43 W x 3.5” D

Series 2 of 3

Big Boy

Big Boy

Cast Bronze and Aluminum

26" H x 24" W x 18" D

The Price of Beauty

The Price of Beauty

Carved Pine and Bronze



Bronze and Aluminum
48 H x 38 W x 36" D

Passions by Gary Reyes SJ Mercury News

Behind the scenes footage with Middlebrook at his studio

creating his gravity defying masterpieces. View Video

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
9' H x 18" W x 24" D



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 and Carved Wood

72 H x 32 W x 17'' D



Cast Bronze and Carved Basalt
24 H x 18" W

Nature's Revenge

Nature's Revenge

Cast Aluminum and Bronze Cordoza
9'5" H x 4' W x 30" D

Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk

Bronze, Blackboard Slate and Steel

49 H x 72 W x 24” D

King of Things

King of Things

Bronze, Aluminum, Indian Gibble and Cast Epoxy
6'5" H x 29" W x 26" D

Thorn of Plenty

Thorn of Plenty

Marble, Palet Wood and Bronze

77 H x 39 W x 24” D



Cast Aluminum and Bronze

27 H x 22 W x 7” D




(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)






2017       Undercover, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, California

2013       Solo Show Installation, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012       University Museum, Sacramento State University

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

2010-11  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.

2003-4     Standing Room Only, Scripps 60th Annual, 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

2001-4     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.

1988-93   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

1989-90   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