Four Emerging Artists Offer Contemplations on Time
Born in Iowa and raised in Southern California, Courtney Raney’s urban and rural background has influenced her ideals and artistic style. Inspired by music, films, politics, current events and her contemporary Los Angeles surroundings, Courtney’s paintings evoke strong influence from the early 20th century Modern Art movement. With a degree in Fine Arts, she developed her own version of Modernism, hoping to bring originality to the existing art of her city.
It began with a series of black and white portraits on wood that included images of silent film star Charlie Chaplin and present day actors like Harrison Ford and Christopher Walken. This “Icons of Cool” collection was brought to life with a little cubist spin on traditional pop art and has been featured on the HBO television series Hung.
The following “Hollywood Icons” collection in the series consisted of colorful famous film characters from classic 1960’s and 70’s films, such as Liz Taylor in Cleopatra and Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver, and is brought to life with a Cubist spin on traditional Pop Art .
She started branching out into portraits of historical figures and the WTWL (Women That Women Love) and MTML (Men That Men Love) collections, and will continue to take those subjects to new levels.
Angeleno Magazine featured this series at a signature event in Beverly Hills in August 2011 and in their November 2011 issue.
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