Louise E. Belcourt
Fellow: Awarded 2012
Field of Study: Fine Arts
Competition: US & Canada
Louise Belcourt is a painter. She was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1961 and has resided in New York City since 1984. Called a “Physical Abstractionist” by Roberta Smith for The New York Times in 1996, her work has evolved from pure abstraction, through a form of narrative representation, to a personal iconography that combines abstracted landscape and urban elements in paintings that are formally rigorous, deceptively simple, and almost sculptural in intent. Her work is a mixture of her two lives as she spends part of each year in rural Canada near her roots and the rest in the dense environment of the city. As David Brody for ArtCritical.com in 2010, put it: “Hard-nosed Canadian empiricism and Brooklyn grit seem to combine in Belcourt’s work.”
Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Quebec and in group exhibitions in Europe and across the United States, including at The Brooklyn Museum; The Fleming Museum, Vermont; The Drawing Center, New York; and The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, North Carolina. Collections include The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Progressive Corporation, and Deutsche Bank. She has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2000) and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (1984, 1985) and is represented in New York by the Jeff Bailey Gallery.