Chuck Mid­dlekauff

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Austin-based artist Chuck Mid­dlekauff paints his own vivid, col­or­ful view of Amer­i­can cul­ture, em­bel­lished by nos­tal­gia, twists, puns and some laughs. It’s a com­bi­na­tion of in­spi­ra­tions from real cow­boys and mati­nee and TV cow­boy he­roes, car­toons, toys, mu­sic and road trips he took with his fam­ily as he grew up through the 1950s and ’60s, and of con­tem­po­rary im­agery he soaks in as he trav­els with his wife, Carol.

As he goes, en­coun­ter­ing Amer­i­can road­side cul­ture, his ob­ser­va­tions of cow­boys re­veal that they don’t just ride horses and chase cows; they also play with yo-yos, drink Cokes, eat M&M’S, and just hang out. So, with or with­out a cow­boy, a paint­ing might in­clude a gas pump, Coke ma­chine, sign, mu­ral, pickup truck, boots or other weath­ered, rusted, tex­tured and dis­ap­pear­ing Amer­i­can icons.

“Every­body sees Amer­ica dif­fer­ently,” he says. “Each sce­nario I paint, whether real or in­vented in my mind, is the way I see it.”

Austin, TX, (512) 447-3567 www.chuck­mid­

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