Kate Breakey is a force, at once kinetic and formidable, brilliant and vast.

The Picture Review Team were honored to host Ms. Breakey for “On The Work of Being an Artist, a Conversation with Kate Breakey and Sean Perry.” She generously shared three decades of considered art-making, illustrating her experience of producing over ninety solo exhibitions and five gorgeous books. Her work and interests have effortlessly traversed the earth and heavens – elegant portraits from the animal kingdom, the moon and stars, ephemeral clouds and cataclysmic storms.

Ms. Breakey introduced us to the deep influence of her native Australia, as well as the sister terrain of Tucson, Arizona, where she now photographs and resides. We were captivated by her stories and craft, how her creative work is informed by the confluence of inspiration and circumstance. Her latest series, Out of Darkness was showcased in a recent exhibition with photographer Keith Carter entitled Without and Within, these deeply felt landscapes a metaphor for dramatic personal events that have recently changed her life.

Ms. Breakey is internationally recognized for her large-scale, richly hand-colored gelatin silver photographs. Of late she has turned her attention to producing stunning photograms and beautiful prints fashioned from paper, pigment, silver and gold. Following our conversation, she led a small, spirited group through her process of gold and silver leafed prints, detailing the fragility and alchemy of working with these delicate materials.

We remain wonderstruck and so deeply grateful to Ms. Breakey for gifting us this special and rare opportunity. With heartfelt gratitude, Thank you Ms. Kate!


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