Raoul Middleman: Interview

Raoul Middleman, Fish Motley, 2004 (courtesy of the artist)
Raoul Middleman, Fish Motley, 2004 (courtesy of the artist)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Raoul Middleman about his life and work.

Middleman remarks: "The form can become an extension of the content. I find in my own work that these things happen organically. Often, it is only after I have finished a painting, that I discover the formal elements, which add to the narration... As an artist, you are like a medium. It is very mysterious. You have to listen to the structure, and not impose your own intellectual will too much upon it. At the same time you have to impose your will. It is like riding a horse: if you give too much rein he’ll run away with you, but if you pull back, you will numb the mouth. That is all in the touch, the paint. Being in the groove, the zone, applying the right amount of pressure to the brush."