Jaq Belcher


Jaq Belcher Biography

In her approach, Jaq Belcher keeps in mind how to draw on her bright white surfaces without adding or subtracting physical components. Instead, Belcher cuts into the paper, manipulating light and shadow organized into patterns that evoke natural phenomena in shape and form. The cuts made to create her repeated forms, and the time it took to make them, are then carefully notated along the bottom of each drawing. The focus on reduction and repetition require a focused stillness and, for Belcher, are a testament to the practice of being completely present in the moment.

In 1993 Jaq Belcher was awarded the State prize for the emerging artists from Craft Victoria. She has received a number of awards from the National Academy for abstract drawing including the Mary Hinman Carter Prize. She was the recipient of a six month residency at the Factory, Mott Haven, the Bronx where she also had her first solo show at Haven Arts in 2005. Her work is in numerous private collections in Australia, Asia and the USA. Reviews of Belcher’s work have appeared in The New York Times, Chronogram Magazine and Nashville Arts Magazine, amongst others. 


Born in Melbourne, Australia
Lives and works in New York City


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

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

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

Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts), The University of Melbourne, AU

Solo Exhibitions


Suchness, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

Preliminary Realms, Haven Gallery, Bronx, NY 

Select Exhibitions 

Hoping for Clear Skies, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Summer Breeze, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Reconfigured, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Somewhere Between Creation & Destruction, Joseloff Gallerym Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT
Pulp Culture:Paper is the Medium, The Morris Museum Morristown, NJ
Fold, Paper, Scissors, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
Select Cuts & Alterations, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

Catch as Catch Can, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Shadow and Light, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material,  The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
Paper Cuts, Curated by Reni Grower, Myers School of Art, Akron, OH

Cut, Drawn, Painted: Works on Paper, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
A Cut Above - 12 Paper Masters, Christoper Henry Gallery, New York, NY
Paper Cuts, Curated by Reni Grower, Myers School of Art, Akron, OH

White-Hot, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Divergent Affinities, Wexler Gallery, Philidelphia, PA

The West at Sunset, Abrons Art Center, Lower Eastside, NY
Cut it Up, Anne St Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Drawing, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Chelsea, NY
Cutters, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ & Hunter College Gallery, New York, NY

Process/Presence, Art League of Long Island, Long Island, NY
183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Solos, Haven Arts, Bronx, NY
White Out, 3 East 66th St, New York, NY 
Drawing Revealed, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY 

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts open studio, New York
Bronx Studio Art Tours, Bronx, New York 

Paperworks, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, Australia 
13 Women On 13 Walls, Haven Gallery, Bronx, NY 
Slowly, Slowly, Kudos Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

Visual Aids, Robert Miller Gallery, Chelsea, NY
Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York ,NY 


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

Mary Hinman Carter Prize, National Academy School of Fine Arts 

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

Highly commended, Drawing, National Academy School of Fine Arts 

Fresh Award for emerging artists, Craft Victoria