Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Wriggling Philosophical Life, an exhibition of paintings and gouaches by Louise Belcourt.  Exhibition dates are April 21 - May 29.  The opening reception is Thursday, April 22nd, 6 - 8pm.  This is Belcourt’s fourth solo exhibition in New York, and her first with the gallery.

Belcourt’s recent paintings are rigorous and curious explorations of light, color and spatial volume.  Unreal and unnatural color schemes combine to create solid and specific forms in vast open spaces.  These forms seem alive, tangible and mysterious, located in environments with infinite horizons.

The paintings are usually started outdoors and then finished in Belcourt’s studio.  Many of the shapes in the paintings are based on garden hedges, located in a small town in Northern Quebec that Belcourt has visited yearly since she was a child.  She has seen the hedges grow to massive proportions.  Working with these forms is a way for Belcourt to physically and mentally connect with the world around her, and to explore the possibilities of painting: the paring down of structure and content to essential elements.

In addition to the oil paintings and gouaches on view, the exhibition features one of Belcourt’s recent gouache sketchbooks, which depicts much of her source imagery.

Louise Belcourt has lived and worked in New York and Brooklyn for the past 20 years.  Her work has been exhibited in Paris and in New York at Peter Blum, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren and JG Contemporary.   Her work will be included in the exhibition
Open House:  Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum, opening April 16th.

Jeff Bailey Gallery is located at 511 West 25th Street, No. 808, between 10th and 11th Avenues.  Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, from 11 - 6.  For further information, please contact the gallery at 212.989.0156 or