Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Louise Belcourt, Mounds. This is her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
In Belcourt’s new paintings, color, light and space are pushed to make mound-like forms that merge landscape and
The mounds are piled, stacked and overlap one another. Curving shapes may denote mountains or bodies of water, while rectilinear shapes suggest high-rise buildings. Subtle and dramatic shifts of color differentiate various weights and densities. Green may be bright, or verging toward black. Red can be almost brown, or intensely vivid. Deep blues sometimes fade to cream, evoking changes in light during the day.
The sense of physicality is heightened in the way that Belcourt uses perspective. Tension is created by near and far spaces butting against each other, while foreground and background move in and out. Color and light function like notes in a musical composition, striking a balance in order to form a cohesive whole.
Belcourt refers to her new work as “paintings of sculptures of landscapes”. The mounds seem almost tangible, creating a pictorial harmony that’s both simple and mysterious.
Belcourt’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions nationally and internationally and featured in numerous group exhibitions, including those at the Brooklyn Museum; the Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT; The Drawing Center, New York; and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC. Her works are in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Fleming Museum, Progressive Corporation, Aspen Contemorary Art Collection and Deutsche Bank. She is a recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant. Belcourt lives and works in New York and Canada.