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Color Theory
Kate Breakey, Andy Burgess and Gail Marcus-Orlen


March 14 – May 31, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 18, 7-10pm
Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Gallery Hours: 11 - 5 Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Contact: info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370


Etherton Gallery features three Tucson Artists in New Show

March 18, 2017, Tucson, AZ: Etherton Gallery is pleased to present COLOR THEORY, an exhibition featuring mixed media by Kate Breakey, painting, photographs and works on paper by Andy Burgess and painting by Gail Marcus-Orlen. COLOR THEORY will be on view from March 14 through May 31, 2017 at 135 S 6th Ave in downtown Tucson. The exhibition features three Tucson artists whose use of color transforms their subjects into something utterly new. In conjunction with Color Theory, an installation of drawings by Albert Chamillard will be on view in the in-house pop-up. An artist reception will be held from
7-10 pm on Saturday, March 18, 2017. All artists will attend.

London born Andy Burgess is best known for his large-scale oil paintings of mid-century modernist architecture. For Burgess, art is a daily practice. He collects images, photographs, draws, makes collages and paints. Drawings of modern architecture, houses and pools, become small studies in gouache or oil paint and may eventually become the subjects for larger oil on canvas paintings. Color Theory features a diverse selection of his artistic output highlighting not only Burgess’s formal process but also the seductive architecture of works like Lavender House (2016), in which angled planes of bold color balance the reductive geometry of his compositions. Burgess’s reimagined desert homes invite us to inhabit them with dreams of a stylish desert haven of our own.

A disciplined studio painter who works every day, Gail Marcus-Orlen is best known for her whimsical meditations of color and light that engage with real world concerns. In recent work, she constructs metaphors about personal relationships from the examination of formal color relationships that turn on the color green, as seen in Playing Around (2016). Like Burgess, Marcus-Orlen’s signature is the skillful interplay between the formal architecture, which underpins her work and color, which is its animating force. Her newest series of oil paintings, Haiku, is a group of small paintings on wood that embrace the beauty all around us.

Color Theory features new work from Kate Breakey’s series Golden Stardust, which operates at the intersection of poetry and science, revealing her fascination with the origins of gold. While most of us think of gold as an element extracted from the ground today, the Earth’s gold was in fact created by the collision of stars millions of years ago. Breakey transforms aspects of every day life -- a milk pitcher used for morning coffee, a moonrise over the Sonoran desert or the curves of a woman’s body – into images of great delicacy by backing her photographs on glass in 24 karat gold leaf and highlighting them in vintage style frames. Shown in small and large groupings, each work offers a new delight, a new vista to contemplate.

For more information about Color Theory: Kate Breakey, Andy Burgess and Gail Marcus-Orlen, please contact Daphne Srinivasan or Hannah Glasston at (520) 624-73270 or info@ethertongallery.com or go to ethertongallery.com.



Kate Breakey
Kate Breakey is internationally known for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs, including her series of luminous portraits of birds, flowers and animals. Her photography has been published in the volumes Small Deaths: Photographs (2001); Birds/Flowers (2003); Painted Light (2010); and Slow Light (2011) and Las Sombras/The Shadows (2012). Breakey’s work has appeared in more than eighty, one-person exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, China, New Zealand, and France.  Kate 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, and the Museum of Fine arts, Houston. A native of South Australia, Kate Breakey moved to Austin, Texas in 1988.  She completed a Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Texas in 1991 where she also taught photography in the Department of Art and Art History until 1997. She has lived in Tucson since 1999.

Gail Marcus-Orlen
A New York City native, Gail Marcus-Orlen moved to Tucson in the late 1960s, and is best known for the magical worlds she invents in her paintings in which still-life and landscape merge, enlarging our sense of what is beautiful and possible in the world. A disciplined artist who paints every day, she addresses the Southwest in her own inimitable style.  Gail Marcus-Orlen has exhibited extensively and her work is included in numerous private and public collections including the City of Telluride, Colorado; El Paso Art Museum; Hilton Hotels; Tucson Museum of Art; Tucson International Airport; and the Nagai Shigyo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.

Andy Burgess
London born artist Andy Burgess is best known for his renditions of modernist and mid-century architecture, panoramic cityscape paintings, and elaborate mosaic-like collages made from vintage papers and ephemera collected over many years. In 2016 Burgess completed an artist residency at Tandem Press in Madison, Wisconsin, collaborating with master printmakers to produce a series of works on paper. He is the recipient of commissions from public and corporate institutions such as Crossrail (London’s largest ever engineering project), Cunard, APL Shipping, and Mandarin Oriental Hotels. His work has been shown at international art fairs, including Art Basel Miami Beach, The London Art Fair, Art New York, Classic Photographs LA and recently, Art Central, Hong Kong.  Burgess is represented by galleries in the United States and the United Kingdom and was recently featured in exhibitions at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson and the Laguna Art Museum, California. His paintings are in several private collections including, Booker prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, actress Emma Thompson, the Tisch family in New York, Beth Rudin de Woody and Richard and Ellen Sandor.

Etherton Gallery
A destination for photography collectors since 1981, Etherton Gallery is known for its extensive inventory of classic and contemporary photography and works by emerging photographers expanding the medium in compelling ways. Our exhibitions consistently highlight the most important figures in the history of the medium and we remain dedicated to making great works of photography accessible to novices and experienced collectors alike. In support of our goal to champion the arts of the Southwest and in particular Tucson, the gallery exhibits top local and regional artists working in a variety of media, and regularly presents free exhibition programs that address related local and national issues. Etherton Gallery is a long-standing member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and participates in fine art photography fairs including the AIPAD Photography Show, New York, Classic Photographs LA, and Paris Photo. Terry Etherton is an accredited member of the American Society of Appraisers and is available for appraisals, absentee bidding and collections consultation.


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