Kate Breakey

Kate Breakey

Artwork

Kate Breakey
About Kate Breakey: Kate Breakey is internationally known for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs. Her acclaimed series of luminous portraits of birds, flowers and animals, Small Deaths, was published in 2001 by University of Texas Press with a foreword by noted art critic, A. D. Coleman. Since 1980 her work has appeared in more than 100 one-person exhibitions and in over 50 group exhibitions in the US, France, Japan, Australia, China, and New Zealand. 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. Her third book, Painted Light, published by the University of Texas in 2010, is a career retrospective that encompasses a quarter century of prolific image making. Her collection of photograms, entitled 'Las Sombras / The shadows' was published by University of Texas Press in October 2012. This series is a continuation of her lifetime investigation of the natural world which in her own words is ‘brimming with fantastic mysterious beautiful. 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. In 2004 she received the Photographer of the Year award from the Houston Center for Photography. She now regularly teaches at the Santa Fe Photographic workshops, and The Italy ‘Spirit into Matter’ workshops. About Orotones, by Kate Breakey: Most photographers have seen Orotones- first made in the early 20th century by, amongst others, Arthur Pillsbury and Edward Curtis. Curtis developed this technique because he wanted his photographs to have more depth - and they certainly do,- they glow. I was struck by the beauty and brightness- and this depth created by the light bouncing off the gold, so a few years ago I decided to do a modern version of the Orotone. I had an image printed digitally on UV ‘Art glass’ and I applied gold-leaf to the back of it. I’ve since make over 200 of these. Ive been an artist (photographer) for nearly 40 years now and so I have many thousands of images - - until recently they are analogue- (black and white film, not digital) I have been looking over my inventory of images and picking negatives that I am interested to see transformed with this process. The images I select are from many places and times and from many past bodies of work. I shoot all the time, wherever I go, often without anything in mind except to document my life and my observations . Because I got so busy with my large and often labor intensive hand-colored work, I have had to ‘file’ most of my negatives and so I had forgotten about many of these images that I’m just now rediscovering . It’s been very satisfying to give older images a new life. This work is quite eclectic because the selection includes, classical still life, landscapes, nudes –as well as all my various biological series – animals and flowers, but combined they make for a random visual diary of a lifetime of ‘looking’. The goldleaf, unifies it all- makes them ’precious’ and preserves the memory of the occasion of making the original image. Memories that now glow and shine after being for so long forgotten. I became interested in the science of gold and, like much of science – especially astrophysics - I find it mindboggling and beautiful, - so much so that I want everyone to know about it so I’ve attached this brief explanation about the origins of gold on the back of the work. “The Element Gold, (Au) can only be made in the nuclear reactor of stars. It came to our planet when the Earth was first forming, as dust from catastrophic astronomical events –stars imploding and ejecting energy, as light and matter. The events that produce most of the gold in the universe are called ‘Gamma Ray Bursts’. This occurs when a double star consisting of two neutron stars collapses under the force of gravity. Neutron stars are the cores of dead stars. They are only a few miles in diameter; so dense that every last bit of matter has been compressed down to the density of the atomic nucleus. The two dead, dark stars spin around each other for millions of years at millions of miles per hour, constantly pulling each other closer. Then finally they touch. At that moment more energy is released than the rest of the universe combined. Much of their mass collapses into a black hole and leaves our universe forever, but the rest is released in an enormous explosion of gamma rays and newly- formed elements. Some of that star- dust flung into space, is gold. The gold in the Earth’s crust was carried here on asteroids that hit the earth, during the ‘Late Heavy Bombardment‘ 3.8 billion years ago when the Earth gained most of its mass.” I’ve tentatively called the series ‘Golden Stardust” Here, it seems the addition of gold to a collection of earthly settings is quite literally universal. Gold, and its violent cosmic beginnings, create a 'dust to dust' moment within Breakey's series — at once denoting the preciousness of life while foreshadowing the inevitability of its passing. While Breakey is no stranger to creating images concerning death, in this case the death of otherworldly suns, Golden Stardust also concerns transformation and perspective as the implosion of celestial bodies yields something new, something cherished, something rare here at home. In this way, Golden Stardust acts as an affirmation of the ephemeral natural beauty present all around us. As objects, the framed prints in Golden Stardust are exquisite. Especially in a dimly lit settings these prints these prints seem to radiate from within, projecting a warm hue into their surroundings. The thickness of the glass gives space between the image and the gold leaf, lending the print a unique three dimensional quality — especially in the more detailed photographs. The bold and dark frames give contrast to their glowing interiors, helping to punctuate the image as installed on the wall.
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Artist
Muttonbird, South Australia (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Muttonbird, South Australia (1/20), 2018

photography, orotone

11 x 11 in

$1,900.00

Untitled Nests #11 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #11 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

19 x 19 in

$1,750.00

Untitled Nests #18 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #18 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #21 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #21 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #6 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #6 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

19 x 19 in

$1,750.00

Big Tree, Midlands, UK (2/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Big Tree, Midlands, UK (2/20), 2018

orotone

8.50 x 11 in

$1,350.00

Corella  in  dead  tree, 2018
Kate Breakey

Corella in dead tree, 2018

orotone

7 x 16 in

$1,650.00

Four Lemons (1/20)
Kate Breakey

Four Lemons (1/20)

photography, orotone

8 x 8 in

framed, $1320

Moonlight Arno Bay (13/20)
Kate Breakey

Moonlight Arno Bay (13/20)

photography, orotone

11 x 6 in

$1,320.00

Reclining Nude (1/20)
Kate Breakey

Reclining Nude (1/20)

photography, orotone

5.50 x 8 in

Framed $1120

Silver Coffee Pot (3/20)
Kate Breakey

Silver Coffee Pot (3/20)

photography,orotone

5 x 4 in

Framed $900

Southern Magnolia (7/20)
Kate Breakey

Southern Magnolia (7/20)

photography, orotone

5 x 4 in

framed, $900

Sun Through Trees, London (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Sun Through Trees, London (1/20), 2018

orotone

11 x 8.50 in

$1,350.00

Trumpet Shell (1/20)
Kate Breakey

Trumpet Shell (1/20)

photography, orotone

8.50 x 13 in

framed $1320

Leopard Moth (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Leopard Moth (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

24 x 28 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Moonlight on Bay, South Australia (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Moonlight on Bay, South Australia (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

24 x 28 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Breaking Wave, Hawaii (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Breaking Wave, Hawaii (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

21 x 29 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Buckeye (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Buckeye (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

24 x 28 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Screech Owl (4/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Screech Owl (4/20), 2018

photography, orotone

12 x 12 in

$1,900.00

Untitled Nests #15 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #15 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #19 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #19 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #22 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #22 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Chestnut  tree  trunk  with  Lichen,  Tuscany, 2018
Kate Breakey

Chestnut tree trunk with Lichen, Tuscany, 2018

orotone with platinum

10 x 15 in

$1,650.00

Bower Vine (4/20)
Kate Breakey

Bower Vine (4/20)

photography,orotone

7 x 5 in

Framed $1120

Dandelion II (2/20)
Kate Breakey

Dandelion II (2/20)

photography,orotone

8 x 8 in

Framed $1320

Galah, Pt Lincoln (2/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Galah, Pt Lincoln (2/20), 2018

orotone

9 x 12 in

$1,350.00

Moth (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Moth (1/20), 2018

orotone with platinum

6 x 14 in

$1,650.00

Rose (14/20)
Kate Breakey

Rose (14/20)

photography,orotone

4 x 4 in

Framed $900

Six  Pears (3/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Six Pears (3/20), 2018

orotone

7 x 16 in

$1,650.00

Spider Chrysanthemum (5/20)
Kate Breakey

Spider Chrysanthemum (5/20)

photography,orotone

8 x 8 in

Framed $1320

Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017, Nebraska (5/20)
Kate Breakey

Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017, Nebraska (5/20)

photography, orotone

6 x 6 in

$1,120.00

Vase with Chinaberries (3/20)
Kate Breakey

Vase with Chinaberries (3/20)

photography,orotone

6 x 5 in

Framed $1100

Birch Trees, Utah (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Birch Trees, Utah (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

30 x 21 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Fallen Tree, Mt. Etna, Sicily (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Fallen Tree, Mt. Etna, Sicily (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

21 x 30 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Single Cloud (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Single Cloud (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

24 x 28 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Upturned Boat (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Upturned Boat (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

24 x 28 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Untitled Nests #1 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #1 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #16 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #16 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #2 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #2 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #3 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #3 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Tall    Eucalyptus  Trees,  Xmas  Day    South  Austlalia (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Tall Eucalyptus Trees, Xmas Day South Austlalia (1/20), 2018

orotone

5 x 12 in

$1,350.00

Chestnut Tree, Sicily (1/20)
Kate Breakey

Chestnut Tree, Sicily (1/20)

photography, orotone

9 x 6 in

$1,120.00

Dead  trees,  South  Australia (2/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Dead trees, South Australia (2/20), 2018

orotone

6.50 x 16 in

$1,650.00

Lily (4/20)
Kate Breakey

Lily (4/20)

photography,orotone

7 x 5 in

Framed $1120

Pewter Shaker (2/20)
Kate Breakey

Pewter Shaker (2/20)

photography,orotone

7 x 5 in

Framed $1120

Running Filly (14/20)
Kate Breakey

Running Filly (14/20)

photography, orotone

3 x 4 in

framed $900

Solar Eclipse Nebraska August 21st 2018 Diamond Ring (3/20)
Kate Breakey

Solar Eclipse Nebraska August 21st 2018 Diamond Ring (3/20)

photography, orotone

6 x 6 in

$1,120.00

Standing Nude II (1/20)
Kate Breakey

Standing Nude II (1/20)

photography, orotone

6 x 3 in

framed, $900

Trees in Mist,  Dawn, Plum Creek, Texas, 2018
Kate Breakey

Trees in Mist, Dawn, Plum Creek, Texas, 2018

orotone

6 x 9 in

$1,100.00

Purple Tulip (2/20)
Kate Breakey

Purple Tulip (2/20)

photography, orotone

7 x 5 in

framed, $1120

Lunar Eclipse (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Lunar Eclipse (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

28 x 24 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Owl Feather, Arizona (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Owl Feather, Arizona (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

24 x 28 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Chestnut Tree, Tuscany (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Chestnut Tree, Tuscany (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

29 x 21 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Big Cloud Over Safford Peak (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Big Cloud Over Safford Peak (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

28 x 21 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Untitled Nests #10 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #10 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

19 x 19 in

$1,750.00

Untitled Nests #17 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #17 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #20 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #20 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Untitled Nests #4 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Untitled Nests #4 (1/20), 2018

Photograph on silk with hand embroidery

16 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Aspen Trees, Utah 2017 (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Aspen Trees, Utah 2017 (1/20), 2018

orotone

4 x 8 in

$900.00

Common Yellowthroat Warbler (2/20)
Kate Breakey

Common Yellowthroat Warbler (2/20)

photography,orotone

8 x 8 in

Framed $1320

Fish on a Plate, 2018
Kate Breakey

Fish on a Plate, 2018

orotone

6 x 8 in

$1,150.00

Lunar Eclipse (4/20)
Kate Breakey

Lunar Eclipse (4/20)

photography, orotone

7 x 5 in

$1,120.00

Pomegranate (1/20)
Kate Breakey

Pomegranate (1/20)

photography, orotones

6 x 6 in

framed, $1120

Ship in bottle (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Ship in bottle (1/20), 2018

orotone

5 x 8 in

$1,650.00

Southern Magnolia (2/20)
Kate Breakey

Southern Magnolia (2/20)

photography,orotone

11 x 8.50 in

Framed $1320

Still Life With Five Figs (5/20)
Kate Breakey

Still Life With Five Figs (5/20)

photography, orotone

6 x 8 in

$1,100.00

Trees Near Wilcox , Az. (1/20), 2018
Kate Breakey

Trees Near Wilcox , Az. (1/20), 2018

orotone

7 x 16 in

$1,650.00

Horse in Moonlight (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Horse in Moonlight (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

24 x 28 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Blossom, Texas (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Blossom, Texas (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

21 x 30 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Reclining Nude (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Reclining Nude (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

21 x 29 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

White Gum Tree, Australia (1/30)
Kate Breakey

White Gum Tree, Australia (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

24 x 28 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

Gull Wing, Gulf Coast (1/30)
Kate Breakey

Gull Wing, Gulf Coast (1/30)

Photographic images printed on Japanese Kozo Paper, hand colored with pencil and pastel

28 x 24 in

unframed $1500 framed $1750

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