Born in Orange County, CA, American Painter James Gortner attended Hawaii Pacific University and received his MFA from Columbia University. His mixed-media works feature assemblages of found paintings, which he collects from art schools, studio buildings, thrift stores, and independent artist contribution. He then paints the assemblage with layers of painterly language ranging from abstract to hyper-realistic.
Both the painting process, and the visual content speak volumes of allegory with regard to contemporary world issues such as human inter-connectivity and environmental sustainability, as well as contemporary art world issues such as identity, ownership, and artistic production to name a few. His art is also an intimate, need based form of self expression which is often relational to his experience and his imagination.
Gortners work has been featured at Lyons Wier Gallery (New York), Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (Connecticut) and the Pool Gallery (Berlin) and belongs to the collections of ESKFF, Jimenez-Colon and the Wooster Street Art Collective as well as the private collection of President Jiang Zemin of China and actress Reese Witherspoon, among others. He lives and operates out of New York City.