Kate Breakey

COPSES AND TREES AND TUMBLEWEEDS

Hand-colored photographs

October 18-January 6, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Trees, Sandhills, Nebraska. Archival digital print hand-colored with pencil and pastel, Image 21 x 29, 28 x 34 framed

Trees, Sandhills, Nebraska. Archival digital print hand-colored with pencil and pastel, Image 21 x 29, 28 x 34 framed

New York, NY (CHELSEA) - Littlejohn Contemporary is pleased to present a one-person exhibition of hand-colored archival digital photographs, “Copses and Trees and Tumbleweeds”, by Kate Breakey. The exhibit will run from October 18 through January 6, 2018.

Kate Breakey is an internationally recognized artist whose photographic processes include hand-colored archival digital photographs, goldleaf prints on glass called orotones, and photograms on paper.  The images in the current show, comprised of copses, trees, tumbleweeds, and landscapes -- selected from the artist’s prodigious travels to various parts of the world – are archival digital photographic prints lightly hand-colored with pencil, pastel or oil paint which amplifies the otherworldly appearance of her subjects.

At the heart of Breakey's art is a scientist's curiosity about the natural world joined with an artist's passion for its heartbreak and beauty.  The content of her photographs, orotones, and photograms become a metaphor for both dramatic and quiet personal events that deeply impact her life.  Her lifetime investigation of the natural world is, in her words, ‘brimming with fantastic, mysterious, beautiful things’.

Tumbleweed, Twin Peaks Road II Archival pigment print hand-colored with oil and pencil, 45x45framed

Tumbleweed, Twin Peaks Road II Archival pigment print hand-colored with oil and pencil, 45x45framed

 A native of South Australia, Kate moved to Austin, Texas in 1988. She completed a Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Texas in 1991 where she also taught photography in the Department of Art and Art History until 1997. In 1999, she moved to Tucson, Arizona. Since 1980 her work has appeared in more than 95 one-person exhibitions and in over 50 group  exhibitions in the US, France, Japan, Australia, China, and New Zealand. University of Texas Press published her first monograph, Small Deaths, in 2001 and an anthology of her work, Painted Light, in 2010. Her collection of photograms, Las Sombras/The shadows was published in October 2012. Her landscape images—selected from a life-time of photographing all over the world—were published by Etherton Gallery in a Catalogue entitled Slow Light. Her work is held in many public institutions including the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, the Austin Museum of Art, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra and the Osaka Museum in Osaka, Japan. This is the artist’s second solo show at Littlejohn Contemporary.  www.littlejohncontemporary.com