Jim Breukelman

"You learn so much about people and culture when you are interested in how things are made." 2008

Photographer Jim Breukelman 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.

Breukelman earned a fine arts degree at the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied under Harry Callahan and Richard Leibowitz. Breukelman was influenced by Fernand Léger, appreciating the complicated, yet ordered, nature of the painter’s work.

Breukelman calls his works “environmental portraits.” In the late 1980s, Breukelman created Hot Properties, a series of photographs capturing vanishing unique homes in areas of Vancouver 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.