BY Michelle Gladden
PUB Asbury Park Sun [/two_fifth][three_fifth_last padding=”0 0px 0 10px”][perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”16″]Artist Talk with Kortez Planned for September 25, 2016.[/perfectpullquote] When Freehold based artist Kortez created his “Life is Nothing Without Hue” meme it was a focused campaign to win the heart of a woman.
Today the meme and its art is inspired by the reciprocal love of family and friends.
“I created a meme, and the reality of her lack of love made me refocus on the love I had and still have to this very day,” he said.
Currently on display at Palette Gallery on Cookman Avenue through Sept. 25, “Life is Nothing Without Hue” is a mixed-media showcase of the artist’s esoteric urbanism – a branding that came from a close friend’s description of his work.
“We live in a world where branding is so important,” Kortez said. “That was a blessing, giving me that title and describing my work in that manner.”[/three_fifth_last]
ARTIST – MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE, ACRYLIC, WATERCOLOR AND WORKS ON PAPER, WOOD AND FOUND OBJECTS[/two_fifth][three_fifth_last padding=”0 0px 0 10px”]“Please note that I am editing the site right now. Please bear with me because I am not a web designer. If any of you are web designers, please contact me. All of my info is below and I would love to discuss my creative options with you. Thank you for the support and your patience.”
Kortez, a fine artist residing in Freehold, New Jersey, uses mixed media collage, acrylic, watercolor and works on paper, wood and found objects. The art of Kortez is one of a kind as he is able to find inspiration and unconventional medium upon which to use as canvas. The subject matter of his work comes through vividly. Vibrant colors and provocative topics such as race, politics, social commentary and pop culture break through his art with bright colors and vibrant deliberate lines. Exhibiting a strong hand and intentional shapes, Kortez makes his point through bright colors and bold lines. His art is currently being show at Vonda’s Kitchen and Duke’s Southern Table in Newark NJ. Palette Arts space and At The Table in Asbury Park NJ. In his residing home town Kortez has art at The Freehold Art Gallery and a restaurant called Uncle Ralston’s Home Style Cooking also has a few of Kortez’ paintings. Read more about the artist in the News Transcript, The Crossover and a Blog based in Houston Tx that has a entertaining Q & A.