Breimon’s reverse painting technique can be characterized as a bold expressionism that overwhelms the eyes with visual delight. His use of primitive images and bold colors initially commands the viewer’s attention but almost instantly invites them to unfold the images in their own mind, dissecting each layer of paint in an attempt to imagine a world seen in reverse order. The balance of knowledge and technique that Breimon brings to his artwork strikes deep into the consciousness where bountiful layers of meaning and interpretation are limited only to the viewer’s imagination.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Breimon began his art career at age 15 while participating in an internship for young artists sponsored by the University of Mexico. In the 1970’s, he developed his reverse painting technique and has since traveled the world perfecting his unusual method. Known mostly for his tribal-inspired mask paintings, Breimon has applied his technique to an assortment of subjects that include modern interpretations of impressionism and atmospheric landscapes.
In his most recent work from Katmandu, Nepal, his depiction of mystical modern Hindu and Buddhist images clearly demonstrates his bold artistic statement of responding to inner spiritual discoveries invoked by his immediate environment.
In 1994, Breimon was called into yet another artistic direction when asked to design the stage and sets for a production of Madame Butterfly at the 172-year-old Meininger State Opera House in Germany. The only American ever to work at the Meininger Opera House, Breimon set out to show his artistic diversity to an international audience. The opera set was transformed into a bold modern composition of color; featuring 12 Lucite panels measuring 12 × 50 feet depicting a panorama of the mountains of Nagasaki Bay, 6 × 6 feet color-splashed plastic Kimonos and billboard-sized neon light images of Japanese faces.