Judith Belzer

Born 1956
Hometown Chicago, IL
Lives and Works Berkeley, CA
Education
New York Studio School, New York, NY, 1982
BA, Barnard College, New York, NY, 1979
Bennington College, Bennington, VT, 1976

In muted, deep earth tones, the artist Judith Belzer paints nature as a blueprint, delicately magnetized from a microscopic eye. Described as combining scientific naturalism with expressionist abstraction, her up-close focus speaks to her fascination with patterns in the earth, particularly the tree, and her quest to expose their interconnectedness with our own lives. "I'm interested in nature," Belzer says, "not as a remote romantic idea but something that's related to our everyday life."

Trees are "the part of the landscape I relate to most," Belzer says, "as another horizontal on the vertical plane," and her multiple series of trees can attest to this thought. In The Inner Life of Trees, the artist zeros in on the trunk and bark of the tree, on line, light, and texture, that from far away appears like an aerial landscape. Her series Order of Things, inspired by Michel Foucault's 1966 book The Order of Things—an inquiry into the conditions of our relative episteme—delves into patterns and the notion of rediscovery; a small piece of bark could be a giant glacier with cracks, or a tree trunk appears as kaleidoscopic rings.

Belzer has had solo exhibitions at the Sonoma County Museum, George Lawson Gallery, and Morgan Lehman Gallery, among others. She has had group exhibitions at institutions such as the Arnot Art Museum, the Pelham Art Center, and the Valerie Carberry Gallery.

Judith Belzer Gallery Art

Galleries

Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago, IL
Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
George Lawson Gallery, Culver City, CA

Permanent Collection

Bank of Boston, Boston, MA
Arthur Carter Collection
Davis Polk & Wardell
Michael J Fox Collection
Agnes Gund Collection
Kramer Levin Naftalis Nessen Kamin & Frankel
Lifetime Cable Network
Reader's Digest
Lynda and Stuart Resnick Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Spaulding Corporation, Canton, OH

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