|Painted Light |
Author: Kate Breakey
Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection Series,
The Wittliff Collections
Publisher: The University of Texas Press, 2010
192 pp., 158 photos
Price: Hardcover: $65.00
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Painted Light is the first career retrospective of Breakey's work and her second monograph in the Wittliff Collections’ Southwestern & Mexican Photography Book Series. With selections from nine suites of photographs, including Laws of Physics, Principles of Mathematics, Still Life, Loose Ends, Memories and Dreams, Cactus, and Small Deaths, it encompasses a quarter century of prolific image-making and reveals the wide range of Breakey's creative explorations. In her introduction and throughout the book, Breakey offers personal accounts of "the things that matter most" to her life as an artist and traces her influences, among them her fascination with classical European painting, her close connection to the world of science, and her heartfelt love of the natural world, which began during her childhood in rural Australia. These texts give considerable insight into Breakey's beautiful images, creative process, and transformative journey "to distill observations into a visual language in which they can be contemplated"—the motive that inspires all of her work.
Kate Breakey is internationally recognized for large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs, including Small Deaths, her acclaimed series of luminous portraits of birds, flowers, animals, and insects. Since 1980, her work has appeared in more than 70 one-person exhibitions and more than 50 group exhibitions in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, China, New Zealand, and France. Breakey's work is held in many public collections, including the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, which house the major archive of her images.