Kate Breakey's View of the Moon

To kick off celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, Catherine Couturier Gallery shares the work of gallery artist Kate Breakey.

Lunar Eclipse Jan. 2018, Tuscon AZ, (Blood Moon), Kate Breakey, Orotone, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Lunar Eclipse Jan. 2018, Tuscon AZ, (Blood Moon)
Modern Day Orotone, archival pigment ink on glass, 24k goldleaf
6 x 6 inches
edition of 20
framed $1,175 / unframed $1,000

“The moon is an entity in our lives, part of biological evolution on this planet, part of the earth’s history, our species’ story.” – Kate Breakey

Kate Breakey often looks to the moon. It is a fascinating subject and has been a source of inspiration for art, literature, and religion for centuries. Breakey’s was first awestruck by the moon when her father showed her the moon by using a “theodolite” when she was a small child. Again mesmerized, she witnessed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take their first steps on the moon when she was 11.

Breakey has photographed the moon many times. Her orotones are quiet and intimate just as one might experience the moon in Australia on a dark starlit night.

olar Eclipse Nebraska, Aug 2017 Diamond Ring, Kate Breakey, Orotone, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Solar Eclipse Nebraska, Aug 2017, Diamond Ring
Modern Day Orotone, archival pigment ink on glass, 24k goldleaf
6 x 6 inches
edition of 20
framed $1,120 / unframed $1,000

 

Lunar Eclipse II Sept, 2015 airplane window, orotone, Kate Breakey, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Lunar Eclipse I, Sept, 2015, airplane window
Modern Day Orotone, archival pigment ink on glass, 24k goldleaf
4 x 5 inches
edition of 20
framed $925 / unframed $800

 

Solar Eclipse Nebraska, Aug 21, 2017 (1st Contact), Baileys Beads, Kate Breakey, Orotone, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Solar Eclipse Nebraska, Aug 21, 2017 (1st Contact), Baileys Beads
Modern Day Orotone, archival pigment ink on glass, 24k goldleaf
11 x 11 inches
edition of 20
framed $1,925 / unframed $1,750

 

 Lunar Eclipse Feb 2008, Kate Breakey, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Lunar Eclipse, Feb 2008
Modern Day Orotone, archival pigment ink on glass, 24k goldleaf
10 x 10 inches 
edition of 20 
framed $1,650 / unframed $1,500

 

Waxing Cresent Moon, editon #1 of 20, Kate Breakey, Orotone, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Waxing Crescent Moon
Modern Day Orotone, archival pigment ink on glass, 24k goldleaf, framed in a daguerreotype box
2 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches
edition of 20
$670

 

Lunar Eclipse, Feb 2008, daguerreotype framed, Kate Breakey, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Lunar Eclipse, February 2008
Modern Day Orotone, archival pigment ink on glass, 24k goldleaf, framed in a daguerreotype box
2 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches
edition of 20 
$670

The moon appears in Breakey’s hand-colored photographs as well. In color and at a farther distance, the moon is ghostly. Despite this, the landscapes feel romantic. The moon's glow creates a longing that is both beautiful and tragic.

Full moon Grand Canyon, Kate Breakey, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Full Moon Grand Canyon
archival pigment print, hand-colored with pastel & pencil
17 x 22 inches 
edition of 20 
unframed $1,200

 

Moon thru trees, Kate Breakey, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Moon Thru Trees
archival pigment print, hand-colored with pastel & pencil
16 x 16 inches 
edition of 20 
unframed $1,200

 

Full Moon Setting Over Safford Peak, Kate Breakey, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Full Moon Setting Over Safford Peak
archival pigment print, hand-colored with pastel & pencil
17 x 22 inches 
edition of 20 
unframed $1,200

 

Moon, Midnorth, South Australia 1981, Kate Breakey, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Moon, Midnorth, South Australia,1981
archival pigment print, hand-colored with pastel & pencil
17 x 22 inches 
edition of 20 
unframed $1,200

 

To read Margaret Regan's review of Kate Breakey's recent exhibition featuring the moon, click here.

About

Kate Breakey is a contemporary artist well known for her delicately hand-painted photographs of birds, flowers, insects, and landscapes. Often rendered in warm yellow tones, her images seek to evoke both the mystery and power of the natural world, and have been featured in such publications as Small Deaths, Painted Light, and Slow Light.

Born in Adelaide, Australia, Breakey studied art at the University of Southern Australia before moving to Austin, TX in 1988, where she attended the University of Texas and received her MFA in 1991. Breakey’s works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego among others. In 2004, she received the Photographer of the Year Award from the Houston Center for Photography. The artist lives and works in Tucson, AZ.

 


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