Jim Breukelman is a senior Canadian photographer and recently retired Associate Professor at Emily Carr University. He is best-known for his photo essay documenting the construction of the fast ferries for the BC Ferry Corporation, a project that has been described as an "epic visual meditation on a mega-project.
Moving with ease from the shipyards to a fantastic private realm of urban warfare, Breukelman captures the vivid colour and textures of a paintball site in a new series of brilliantly-conceived and executed photographs. Each startling image is a pointillist tapestry of neon-hued paint spattered on trees, ramps, fences and shelters at the North Shore Paintball facility in North Vancouver, BC.
Breukelman earned his BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Between 1967-2000, worked as a photography instructor and as the Department Head of Photography at Emily Carr, and later as their Dean of Media Arts. As a teacher and an artist, he has had a significant influence on the development of photographic art in Vancouver.
Breukelman has had numerous exhibitions during the past four decades, including solo shows at Richmond Art Gallery, Presentation House Gallery and The Nova Gallery in Vancouver, BC. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at Whatcom Museum of History & Art, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Charles H. Scott Gallery, among others.