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Kate Breakey: Small Deaths

Organized by The Wittliff Collections / Texas State University - San Marcos

March 14 – July 12, 2015
Fred Beans Gallery

Rosa grandiflora, White Rose, © 1996, Kate Breakey Courtesy of the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University
Carpodacus Purpurus, Purple Finch, © 1996, Kate Breakey Courtesy of the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University
Falco sparverius, American Kestral (Sparrow Hawk), © 1998, Kate Breakey

A former professor of photography at the University of Texas at Austin, native Australian Kate Breakey now lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. She first received international recognition for her large-scale, hand-colored photographs then adds layers of transparent oil paint and pencil.

Small Deaths features thirty extraordinary, hand-colored, oversized images of the birds, flowers, and insects that photographer Kate Breakey has memorialized through her work. The brilliance of her palette draws viewers to a close-up and unexpected confrontation with mortality. The images are life-size silver gelatin contact prints toned by hand with a golden wash. Breakey's work has appeared in over 90 one-woman exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. She received the Photographer of the Year Award in 2004 from the Houston Center for Photography.

Her photos are held in public collections, among them the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona; the Australian National Gallery; and the Wittliff Collection, University of Texas San Marco from which this exhibition originates. The exhibition will be complemented by a full-color book featuring images from the exhibition.

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