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, which is clearly seen in Homage to the Creative Spirit.
Cortez reexamines the classic paradox of realism: the painting both as a window into an imagined space and as a physical object. Her work challenges the viewers intellectual curiosity and celebrates the sheer pleasure of beautiful painting. In her series of Homage paintings, 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. By masterfully presenting iconic works of art in unexpected modern settings, Jenness Cortez inspires us to see differently to rediscover and revalue our own creative power in everyday life.
About the Author
Karen Pope, PhD in the History of Art, is a full-time member of the Baylor University Art Department faculty. She teaches courses in nineteenth century European and American art, the priority of Baylors Allbritton Art Institute. After studies at Colorado College, followed by an MA and PhD earned on a fellowship to Ohio State University, Karen submitted her doctoral dissertation to The University of Texas at Austin in 1981. She developed a flair for the informal classroom of daytrips, study tours, and lecture programs, and offered a range of art history experiences for the Central Texas community through UT s Fine Arts Continuing Education. A popular guest speaker and tour director, she has offered her own adventures in art history as Art inSight Inc. since 1995. In 2010, Karen was elected to a six-year term as an Alumni Trustee of Colorado College.