BIOGRAPHy

The work of Jaq Belcher explores the void, the space “between”. Renowned artist and paper cutter, Belcher was born in Australia, and currently lives and works in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and her Master of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts.


Belcher focuses her art on the process of reduction and repetition, manipulating the very essence of matter. She believes that art should not be thought of as an object but instead as an experience itself. This philosophy draws on her references to eastern meditation, spiritual alchemy and sacred geometry. Belcher sees the white expanse of a sheet of paper as a beautiful void, she pondered how could she possibly add to such a thing. The answer came to her, she would do just the opposite, she would begin to subtract from it, to slice out shapes, images, ideas. The patterns and shapes require not only herself but the viewer to maintain a type of meditation and focus on the work as it is experienced and worked through. The results are amazingly complex yet are very calming to be with. Viewing her work is an excersize in the power of “now”, it focuses on the present on the quietness in the space “between”.


education

2005  National Academy School of Fine Arts, Master Drawing Class, New York City 

1999  Master of Arts Admin, Major Sculpture, University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts 

1997  B.F.A (Gold & Silversmithing), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia 

1993  Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts), The University of Melbourne, Australia


SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2016

Numinous, Brintz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

Summer Breeze, Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Aligned: Sit, Breathe, Slow Down, Relax, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas TX (Solo Exhibition) 

Pulse, JHB Galleries, New York, NY

Art On Paper, Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

2015

New Arrangements, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan, CT

Hidden Light, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN  (Solo Exhibition)

Reconfigured.  Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

 Papercuts at VCUQ Gallery. Doha, Qatar

2014

Somewhere Between Creation and Destruction,  Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford, CT 

Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Fold, Paper, Scissors, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ 

2013

Papercuts, curated by Reni Gower, traveling exhibition, Myers School of Art, Akron, OH 

PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, The Berkshire Museum, 

Pittsfield, MA 

2012

A Cut Above – 12 Paper Masters, Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, NY

Papercuts, curated by Reni Gower, traveling exhibition, Atlanta, GA and Mobile, AL

2011

Suchness, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN (Solo Exhibition) 

White-Hot, Thatcher Projects, New York, NY 

The White Show, curated by Vicky Clark, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA 

Divergent Affinities, Wexler Gallery, Philidelphia, PA

2010

The West at Sunset, Abrons Art Center, Lower Eastside, NY 

Cut it Up, Anne St Gallery, Newburgh, NY

2009

Drawing, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Chelsea, NY 

Cutters, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ & Hunter College Gallery, New York,, NY

2008

Process/Presence, Art League of Long Island, Long Island, NY 

183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy of Design, 

Solos, Haven Arts, Bronx, NY 

White Out, 3 East 66th St, New York, NY 

Drawing Revealed, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY 

2007

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Open Studios, New York, NY 

Bronx Studio Art Tours, Bronx, New York 

2006

Paperworks, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

13 Women On 13 Walls, Haven Gallery, Bronx, NY 

Slowly, Slowly, Kudos Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

2005

Visual Aids, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY 

preliminary realms, Haven Gallery, Bronx, NY  (one person) 

Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY 


AWARDS

2008 Dessie Greer Award for graphics, National Academy Museum, New York, NY 

2006 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, New York, NY 

2005 Mary Hinman Carter Prize, National Academy School of Fine Arts 

2004 Mixed Media Award, Cash Prize, National Academy School of Fine Arts 

2003 Highly commended, Drawing, National Academy School of Fine Arts 

1993 Fresh Award for emerging artists, Craft Victoria 


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2012

Cullum, Jerry. Papercuts Dismantles Old Notions of the Art As Mere Decorative Craft, Burnaway, 

Nolan, Joe. Crawl Space, Nashville Scene, January 5, 2012

2011

Kuntz, Katrina. A Cut Above The Rest, ArtNowNashville, December 17, 2011 

Jones, Michelle. Wonders In White, Nashville Arts Magazine, December 2011 

Clark, Vicky.  The White Show, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA (catalogue), 

2010

Malcolm, Timothy.  Intense art form makes the cur in Newburgh, Times Herald Record, 

2008

Genocchio, Benjamin. Opening a Window on the Creative Mind, The New York Times, Jan 27

Peerna, Jaanika. Drawing Revealed; artists in conversation, White Wall Pictures Inc. (Film) 

Wilson, Beth. Drawn Together, Chronogram Magazine, New York View, New York, NY

2007

Winter, Roger. On Drawing, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 

2006

-----. Invisible Music, The Art Life Blog 

-----.  Slowly, Slowly, The Art Life Blog

1993

-----.  A ‘fresh’ approach, The Age, Melbourne, Australia