Two Cortez Paintings Offered at the C. M. Russell Museum Auction

Jenness Cortez paintings at C. M. Russell Museum Auction – Not your ordinary ranch cowhand auction – this is a full-blown vision of Charles Russell’s Old West

By: E.J. Webber | March 5, 2015

"Unforgettable", Homage to Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), By Jenness Cortez ©2014, Acrylic on mahogany panel, 30 by 40 inches

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The C.M. Russell Museum of Great Falls, Montana, will auction two new paintings by internationally acclaimed artist Jenness Cortez at its annual exhibition and sale March 18-22, 2015.  Both experienced collectors and burgeoning bidders will have the opportunity to compete.

 

The artist’s latest creations – one called Unforgettable and the other named Honoring Tatanka - praise the life and times of legendary Western artist Charles Russell and his iconic works.  While Cortez pays homage to Russell, she reminds us of the genre of Western art and its long history in American culture through her own unique and creative process.

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"Honoring Tatanka", By Jenness Cortez ©2014, Acrylic on mahogany panel, 28 by 22 inches

For centuries artists have been challenging their intellects and skills by paying homage to the painters who preceded them.  Jenness Cortez has shown herself to be one of the twenty-first century's most notable exponents of this facet of art history.  Her skillful work gives Cortez solid footing in the list of artists who have appropriated vintage images and woven them into their own distinctive style.

 

By juxtaposing specific themes, cues, and obscure allusions to unexpected modern settings, Cortez inspires us to rediscover this Western heritage, and to revalue, reintegrate, and urge each of us to see differently.  Unforgettable is acrylic on a 30 by 40 inch mahogany panel while Honoring Tatanka is also on a mahogany panel, but 28 by 22 inches.

 

Jennesse Cortez was born in 1944 in Frankfort, Indiana.  Having studied and received her B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, and later studied with Arnold Blanch at the Art Students League of New York, she apprenticed privately with noted Dutch painter Antonius Raemaekers.

 

Jenness has been exhibiting in New York since 1975 and has had more than 40 solo shows there as well as Florida, California, Maryland, and Virginia.  Her work hangs in numerous public and private collections including those of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, HM Queen Elizabeth II, and the New York State Museum.  She is exclusively represented by Perlmutter Gallery in Averill Park, New York.

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