DeBruyne Fine Art of Naples Opens Jenness Cortez Exhibition

. January 26, 2012 . 0 Comments

DeBruyne Fine Art of Naples, Florida presents an exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Jenness Cortez. On view January 26 through March 31, 2012, “Homage to the Creative Spirit 2012,” invites viewers into a visual conversation with Cortez to discuss how iconic works of art can inspire us to rediscover and revalue our own own creative potential.

“Duet of One” by Jenness Cortez, 36 by 24 inches, acrylic on mahogany panel© Jenness Cortez 2011. Homage to: Jan van Eyck (c. 1395-1441), “The Arnolfini Marriage,” 1434, National Gallery, London; “Portrait of a Man” (Self Portrait?), 1433, National Gallery, London.

Jenness Cortez is a mid-career artist with astonishing talent. Born in Frankfort, Indiana, Jenness began her formal art studies at the age of sixteen under the guidance of noted Dutch painter, Antonius Raemaekers. Cortez has a solid fine arts background, having graduated from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and studied at the Art Students League in New York.

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’Keefe 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.

Debruyne Fine Art 275 Broad Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102 239-262-4551 Fax. 239-262-4051

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