Jenness Cortez – “The Art of History”
Exquisitely detailed paintings that celebrate world cultures and civilizations
For thirty-eight years Perlmutter Gallery has worked with private collectors, museums, corporate collections
and bank trust departments for the acquisition of original Jenness Cortez paintings.
Contemporary American realist painter Jenness Cortez is a distinguished figure in the contemporary revival of classical realist 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 well-trained Dutch-born painter and superb teacher whose early instruction continues
to influence her work.
“It makes my heart sing. After more than five decades of involvement in the art world, this simple statement, made by a friend while looking at a splendid Monet painting, brought into bright clarity the way to know the genuine article–a real work of art. The paintings of Jenness Cortez make my heart sing.” –– Robert Yassin
Early in Jenness Cortez’s career
she worked as an editorial illustrator and etcher, then for twenty years (1977-1996), she became world renown for skillfully portraying thoroughbred racehorses. In the mid-1990s a growing interest in again broadening the challenges of her work inspired Cortez to move from horses to interiors and still life painting where her focus remains today.
BY KAREN POPE, PhD –– For centuries artists have been challenging their intellects and skills by paying homage to the painters who preceded them. Jenness Cortez has emerged as the twenty-first century’s most notable exponent of this facet of art history. Her masterful work gives Cortez solid footing in the colorful lineage of artists who have appropriated vintage images and woven them into their own distinctive, recognizable fabric.