Sally Breen takes her inspiration from nature and scenes of life. Living in Water Mill, NY, the artist draws on the continual change of light and the reflection from the water surrounding her. Ms. Breen’s lyrical, contemporary paintings capture the very essence of light and water and are transformative for both the artist and viewer. The artist is able to capture and convey the moods of the moment. Her paintings are a powerful metaphor for all that is beautiful, changing and hard to contain in life.
Ms. Breen’s contemporary style is informed by her intuitive and reflective approach to the subject, yet Ms. Breen has a very solid classical training in the arts. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and took post-graduate classes at the New York Academy of Art. She also has studied at as varied institutions as the Corcoran, the Torpedo Factory, SUNY Purchase and NYU.
Ms. Breen also has an artistic entrepreneurial spirit that led her to found The Local ArtRag 2008 – 2012, an East End’s Guide to local artists and musicians. Her varied career includes computer graphics, print making, designs for advertisements (Village Voice to East End Papers) and post cards; even one-of-a-kind silk-screened tee shirts sold at Thompson Square Park back in the day. Ms. Breen served as a gallerist at The Gallery in Sag Harbor and The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, experiences that convinced her that she preferred the life of an artist. Her work has been exhibited at fine art galleries and her list of private collectors is extensive.
“An artist whose large-scale work represents images of nature absent of human life, Sally Breen captures the ephemeral and enduring beauty of sea and light and sky, a dynamic aesthetic that emanates from the relationships between these elements, harmony poised to erupt. Ms. Breen employs classical and contemporary methods to evoke the stability and fragility of nature. In the tradition of the sublime, her work humbles the viewer. Departing from tradition, her studied color contrasts and perspectives convey uniquely twenty-first century images of nature independent from humans yet also inflected by human perception. The world she conjures—majestic swathes of sea and sky, land and light; inhabited solely by the elements—invites us to escape into sheer beauty and reminds us that ultimately this world is not our own.”
BFA Syracuse University 1980
NY Academy of Art, NYC 1984-86
Torpedo Factory, Alexandria Va 1988
Corcoran, Washington DC 1989
SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY 1991-93
Westchester Art Workshop, White Plains, NY 1994
Paul Gingras Gallery Southampton, NY 2000
Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY 2000
Ward Nasse Gallery, NYC 2002
The Gallery, Sag Harbor NY – multiple shows 2003, 2004, 2005
The Crazy Monkey Gallery, Amagansett, NY 2006-2010
The Prudential, Amagansett, NY 2007
UBS Southampton, NY 2007 & 2008
Ashawagh Hall, Springs East Hampton, NY 2008 and joined several shows over the years
Town Hall, East Hampton NY 2009
The Water Mill Museum, Water Mill NY 2009 – Solo Show plus member shows
Hampton Road Artist Collective, Southampton, NY 2009-2010
New Century Gallery Show – ‘East Meets West’ Chelsea NYC 2010
‘The Big Show 7’ Silas Marder Gallery 2012, Bridgehampton, NY
New Century Gallery Show – ‘Waterscapes’ Chelsea NYC 2013
Guild Hall Member Shows 2013, 14, 15, 17, East Hampton, NY
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church “Art in the Garden” 2103 benefit Bridgehampton, NY
The White Room Gallery multiple shows 2015 – 2017 Bridgehampton, NY
Gallerist/Artist, The Gallery Sag Harbor with Rebecca Cooper 2003- 2005
Curated Erin Crowe ‘Alans’ Alan Greenspan show 2005 at The Gallery Sag Harbor
Curated Erin Crowe ‘Good-Bye Greenspan’ 2006 NYC with Rebecca Cooper, The Gallery Sag Harbor
Created Local Art Rag 2008-2012, an east end guide to local artists & musicians.
Gallerist/Artist, The White Room Gallery 2014, 20015