left: Fairy God Mother (2015-2017), Oil paint, hand sculpting media, cut and broken paintings on panel, reclaimed wood and metal 87 x 50.75 in / 221 x 129 cm
Born in Orange County, CA, Painter James Gortner attended Hawaii Pacific University and received his MFA from Columbia University. His paintings feature reversed found wall and floor paint, as well as assemblages of transformed objects and paintings by other artists. Gortner paints and sculpts into the assemblage using a variety of techniques ranging from abstract to hyper-realistic.
Gortners work has been featured at Lyons Wier Gallery (New York), Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (Connecticut), The Pool Gallery (Berlin) and in New American Paintings 2017 (Northeast). He belongs to the collections of the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jimenez-Colon Collection, 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 works out of New York City.