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Jenness Cortez
(1944 - )

Jenness Cortez is a mid-career artist with astonishing talent. 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.
Sporting Art and Landscape Periods
Like the great horse painters George Stubbs and Frederic Remington, Jenness Cortez is first and foremost an extraordinary draftsman.  Beginning in 1977, and for the next twenty years, she received international acclaim 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 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 skillfully incorporates familiar images into exquisitely 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. Her dynamic and rich compositions entreat the viewer's eye to move eagerly through these paintings again and again, savoring 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 virtuosity. Far from being mere exercises in photorealism or replication, each Cortez work touches upon important 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.
In the Collection of
Cortez's clients are knowledgeable and include important collectors known for their ability to choose artists whose careers become legendary. Her 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
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
Albany, NY
Permanent Collection

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