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Jenness Cortez ( 1944– )


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. 


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


 '"My paintings are meant to start a three way conversation that includes the viewer, the subject matter and the artist. To be of value these conversations must have significant meaning that is clearly communicated. In Native Voices,  I am offering--for the viewer's contemplation--the integrity, diversity and power that I see in American Indian art and tradition. In choosing the compositional elements depicted here, I have intended to present compelling examples of Native Peoples' intuitive participation in a creative, ordered, beautiful and self-sustaining universe."

Artist Works

Lot 192
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
Four American Visionaries (2015)
acrylic on mahogany panel
33 x 39 3/4 in
Lot 77
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
Native Voices (2014)
acrylic on mahogany panel
30 x 40 in
Lot 119
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
Norman Rockwell - Freedom of Speech ()
acrylic on board
15 x 20 in
Lot 155
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
The Trailblazers ()
acrylic on mahogany panel
23 7/8 x 29 7/8 in
Lot 199
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
Home on the Range (2016)
acrylic on mahogany panel
34 x 41 in
Lot 184
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
A New World (2017)
acrylic on mahogany panel
30 x 36 in
Lot 317
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
A Tale of Two Cultures ()
oil on mahogany panel
30 x 36 in