Jaq Belcher is an Australian-born contemporary artist who lives and works in Harlem, New York. Belcher’s elegant cut paper works explore consciousness, visual perception, and states of being. By cutting, she utilizes a reductive and repetitive process that fosters and requires stillness. She sees the white expanse of a sheet of paper as a beautiful void and cutting as a way of subtracting from the void in order to produce shapes, images, and ideas. The work is meditative and serene. It is a recording of time and the seeds of potential. 


MFA - University of New South Wales College of Fine Art, Sydney, Australia

BFA - Royal Melbourne Institute, Melbourne, Australia

select exhibitions

2016 White Noise, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas TX (Solo)
Something Gold, Brintz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2015 New Arrangements, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan, CT
Hidden Light, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN (Solo)
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)
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  (Solo)
Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY 

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 



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

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


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),  


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


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 


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


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

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


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