Each intricate Cortez creation challenges the viewers' intellectual curiosity and celebrates the sheer pleasure of beautiful painting. In her new 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. In part, this year's body of work pays homage to Johannes Vermeer, Jan Van Eyck, Albrecht Dürer, Edgar Degas, John Vanderlyn, Pablo Picasso, John Trumbull, George Inness, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Norman Rockwell, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh. By masterfully presenting iconic works of art in unexpected modern settings, Jenness Cortez truly inspires us to see differently--to rediscover, revalue and reintegrate our own intuitive resources into the hurried regimen of modern American life.
Jenness Cortez was born in 1944 in Frankfort, Indiana. She received her B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, apprenticed privately with noted Dutch painter Antonius Raemaekers and later studied with Arnold Blanch at the Art Students League of New York. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including those of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, HRH Queen Elizabeth, II and the New York State Museum.
Classic Gallery in Averill Park, New York exclusively represents Jenness Cortez.