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 Jenness Cortez  (1944 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Indiana      Known for: Impressionist figure, genre, landscape and equestrian scene painting

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A Vision of Two Cultures
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Biography from Marin-Price Galleries:
Jenness Cortez (1944 - )

Education

Jenness Cortez is a mid-career artist. Born in Indiana, Jenness Cortez began her formal art studies at the age of sixteen under the guidance of noted Dutch painter, Antonius Raemaekers. Cortez further developed her fine arts background as a graduate of the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and student of Arnold Blanche at the Art Students League of New York.

Sporting Art and Landscape Periods

Like the great horse painters George Stubbs and Frederic Remington, Jenness Cortez is first and foremost a draftsman. Beginning in 1977, and for the next twenty years, she received attention for her sporting paintings and her powerful depictions of the horse.  During the mid 1990s, her long-time interest in landscape began to blossom. In the tradition of the 19th century Hudson River and Barbizon School painters, her vision comprehends all of nature as a manifestation of the divine. Cortez's landscape images evoke a certain transcendent quality rarely seen in contemporary realism. Her representations of the phenomenal world are intended to be sensitive, passionate and deeply moving.

Homage to the Creative Spirit

In her most recent works, Cortez pays homage to history's celebrated artists. Inspired by the light, color and form of the great masters, Cortez incorporates familiar images into painted contemporary settings.  By depicting artworks into her compositions, Cortez underscores a classic paradox of painting: the painting as a "window" into an imagined space, and as a physical object; both a metaphysical presence and a material entity.  Cortez chooses to utilize her talent for realism to illuminate the ordinary.

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Cortez's clients include those Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, HRH Queen Elizabeth, II, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Alexander, Mr. Edgar Bronfman, Ms. Virginia Kraft Payson, Ambassador True Davis, Mr. Henry Kravis, Mr. Ogden Mills Phipps, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Congressman Gerald Solomon, Gov. George Pataki, Gov. Hugh Carey, Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz and Mr. Jerry Weintraub.

Public and corporate collectors include the New York State Museum, Fluor Corporation, Saratoga Harness, Inc., Skidmore College and SUNY Empire State College.

Museum Exhibitions

Waterford Museum
Waterford, NY
One Person Show
NY Historical Society
New York, NY
Group Show
Waterford Museum
Waterford, NY
One Person Show
Schenectady Museum
Schenectady, NY
20 Year Retrospective
Albany Institute of History and Art
Albany NY,
A PBS Exhibition
Burroughs Chapin Museum
Myrtle Beach, SC
One Person Show
New York State Museum, Permanent Collection

Biography from Perlmutter Gallery:
Jenness Cortez is a painter in the contemporary revival of classical painting. She was born in Indiana and exhibited a very early talent for art. As a teenager, she took private lessons with Antonius Raemaekers, a Dutch-born painter whose early instruction continues to influence her work.  She also studied for five years at the Herron School of Art, and thenwent to New York to study at the Art Students League with Arnold Blanch.

Throughout her career Cortez has had a variety of subject matter including sporting and wildlife art, landscape, portraiture, interiors and still-life. Early in her career she worked as an editorial illustrator and etcher, then returned to her love of painting, with animals as her primary subject matter. For twenty years (1977-1996), she focused on horses--most notably, thoroughbred racehorses, and in the mid-1990s she moved from horses to landscapes, and then to cityscapes and at last to interiors and still life painting where her focus remains today.

At the beginning of the 21st century, Cortez began concentrating on a form of still life painting inspired by the age-old tradition of "art in art." In 2003, the "Homage to the Creative Spirit" series became her primary mode of expression. This tradition was most notably employed by such 17th-century Dutch artists as Johannes Vermeer, usually to impart a hidden meaning to astute viewers. Similarly, Cortez's paintings are intended to offer layered meanings built on specific themes.

She starts with an iconic masterwork and surrounds it with meticulously rendered book covers, photographs, sculpture, antiques, and other objects with cultural or historic significance. In this work, Cortez plays author, architect, visual journalist, art historian, curator and pundit to help open our eyes to what we might otherwise have overlooked or taken for granted. Each painting presents a specific theme, mixing straightforward cues and obscure allusions, complemented by references to other artists' lives and times. Each of her works touches upon important questions about the nature of painting and the significance of art objects, and presents subtle shades of meaning that invite contemplation. By depicting iconic artworks in her own paintings, Cortez underscores a classic paradox of realism: the painting as a "window" into an imagined space, and as a physical object; both a metaphysical presence and a material entity.

Jenness Cortez has been exhibiting her work since 1975, and has had more than 40 solo shows throughout the United States. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including those of the New York State Museum, Skidmore College, SUNY Empire State College, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and HRH Queen Elizabeth, II.

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Jenness Cortez, b. Indiana, (United States)

Born in Indiana, Jenness Cortez began her formal art studies at the age of sixteen under the guidance of noted Dutch painter, Antonius Raemaekers. Cortez further developed her fine arts background as a graduate of the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and student of Arnold Blanche at the Art Students League of New York.

Like the great horse painters George Stubbs and Frederic Remington, Jenness Cortez is first and foremost a draftsman. Beginning in 1977, and for the next twenty years, she received attention for her sporting paintings and her powerful depictions of the horse. During the mid 1990s, her long-time interest in landscape began to blossom. In the tradition of the 19th century Hudson River and Barbizon School painters, her vision comprehends all of nature as a manifestation of the divine. Cortez's landscape images evoke a certain transcendent quality rarely seen in contemporary realism. Her representations of the phenomenal world are intended to be sensitive, passionate and deeply moving.

In her most recent works, Cortez pays homage to history's celebrated artists. Inspired by the light, color and form of the great masters, Cortez incorporates familiar images into painted contemporary settings. By depicting artworks into her compositions, Cortez underscores a classic paradox of painting: the painting as a "window" into an imagined space, and as a physical object; both a metaphysical presence and a material entity. Cortez chooses to utilize her talent for realism to illuminate the ordinary.

Education
• Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN
• Art Students League, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions
• Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
• Waterford Museum, Waterford, NY
• Albany Institute of History and Art, 20 Year Retrospective, Albany, NY
• Burroughs Chapin Museum, A PBS Exhibition, Myrtle Beach, SC
• NY Historical Society, New York, NY
• New York State Museum, Albany, NY

Public Collections
• New York State Museum, Albany, NY
• Fluor Corporation, Irving, TX
• Saratoga Harness, Inc,
• Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
• SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Private Collections
• President Ronald Regan
• President Bill Clinton
• HRH Queen Elizabeth II
• Mr. and Mrs. Edward Alexander
• Edgar Bronfman
• Virginia Kraft Payson
• Ambassador True Davis
• Henry Kravis
• Ogden Mills Phipps
• Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
• Gerald Solomon
• George Pataki
• Hugh Carey
• John Schuerholz
• Jerry Weintraub

Biography from Anderson Galleries, Inc.:

Born in Indiana, Jenness Cortez began her formal art studies at the age of sixteen under the guidance of noted Dutch painter, Antonius Raemaekers.  Cortez further developed her solid fine arts background as a graduate of the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and student of Arnold Blanche at the Art Students League of New York.

By depicting artworks in her compositions, Cortez underscores a classic paradox of painting: the painting as a "window" into an imagined space, and as a physical object; both a metaphysical presence and a material entity. Her compositions entreat the viewer's eye to move through these paintings again and again, examining every nuance. Cortez chooses to utilize her talent for realism to illuminate the ordinary. As in the works of O'Keeffe or Estes, everyday objects become dazzling and luminous when reconsidered through her art. Far from being mere exercises in photorealism or replication, each Cortez work touches upon questions about the nature of painting itself and the significance of art objects. Her work inspires viewers to rediscover, revalue and reintegrate their own creative force into the hurried regimen of modern life.

Cortez's work is in numerous public and private collections including those of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, HRH Queen Elizabeth, II, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Alexander, Mr. Edgar Bronfman, Ms. Virginia Kraft Payson, Ambassador True Davis, Mr. Henry Kravis, Mr. Ogden Mills Phipps, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Congressman Gerald Solomon, Gov. George Pataki, Gov. Hugh Carey, Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz and Mr. Jerry Weintraub. Public and corporate collectors include the New York State Museum, Fluor Corporation, Saratoga Harness, Inc., Skidmore College and SUNY Empire State College.

Museum Exhibitions
Waterford Museum, Waterford, NY; NY Historical Society, New York, NY; Waterford Museum, Waterford, NY; Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY; Albany Institute of History and Art; Burroughs Chapin Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC; New York State Museum Albany, NY


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