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. Courtney’s series of portraits challenge the traditions of fine art. Her “Icons of Cool” collection is brought to life with a little cubist spin on conventional pop art and has been featured on the HBO television series Hung. Courtney Raney has been branching out into portraits of historical figures and the WTWL (Women That Women Love) and MTML (Men That Men Love) collections, and is continuing to take those subjects to new levels.
She keeps evolving the series, including references to iconic arcade game characters of the 80s and present day popular trends. Angeleno Magazine featured this series at a signature event in Beverly Hills and highlighted her artworks in the magazine. In her series of modernism artworks she combines avant-garde architecture, pop art and her California surroundings and transforms it onto canvas.