Renowned artist Jason Middlebrook discusses the trajectory of building his career in the New York art scene to live solely off his work, balancing commissions with sales in commercial galleries and art fairs, financial planning for an irregular income, and balancing career and family life.
“When my themes got a little more universal––man vs. nature, man vs. debris, urban vs. rural––I think things expanded for me. When you start to address more universal themes, your audience gets bigger. When you stop trying to be so clever, your audience gets bigger, because your audience is always smarter than you are… When I took myself out of the identity of the work and started looking at broader terms, I started to get more success in terms of the way in which my work could be interpreted.”
Jason Middlebrook creates sculpture, paintings, drawings, and site-specific work combining aesthetic precision, a deep engagement with material, and a high level of craftsmanship. He completed an M.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994, attended the Whitney Independent Study Program from 1994 to 1995, and was a resident in the IASPIS Residency in Stockholm, Sweden, from 2009 to 2010. Middlebrook is represented by galleries in New York, Chicago, and Stockholm, Sweden, and is based in Hudson, NY.