Thursday Artist Talk: Jim Breukelman

October 2, 2014

Jim Breukelman, Mesocosm 06 – Uncarina Grandidieri Tree, Madagascar/Botanical Display – 2003, Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona, U.S.A. – C-Print 58 X 49 inches

West Vancouver-based photographer Jim Breukelman calls his works ‘pocket environments’. In the late 1980s, he created Hot Properties, a series of photographs capturing unique Vancouver homes soon to be demolished due to their location in areas undergoing rapid redevelopment. He continued his exploration of the spaces humans create in his Mesocosm photographs documenting Biosphere 2, a large environmental research centre in Arizona. Join Breukelman for an illustrated presentation about his work over the past several decades, including images from his Mesocosm series, as well as two images from Hot Properties that are featured in the Gallery’s current exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature. There will be time for questions and conversation during and after the presentation, ending at 9pm.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to see Breukelman’s artworks in the Flora and Fauna exhibition. Surrey Art Gallery is the only BC venue on the exhibition tour.

Jim Breukelman earned a fine arts degree at the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied under Harry Callahan and Richard Leibowitz. He founded the Fine Art Photography program in 1967 at the Vancouver School of Art, now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He was an instructor and administrator at the school for over thirty years, during which time he played a significant role in the development of the photographic arts in the city. Since leaving his work as an art educator, he has continued to develop his ideas and themes in photography, exhibiting the resulting work. In 2013, Hot Properties #1 was selected by Canada Post to be featured on a postage stamp in a series commemorating 100 years of photography in Canada.

Light refreshments provided.

Presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey

Cost: Free

Looking ahead to November, artist Elizabeth Carefoot's talk is titled Harem, Factor, Fantasy. 

Location: Surrey Art Gallery

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Contact: 604-501-5566

Category: Arts

Town Centre: North Surrey