Born in Orange County, CA, Painter James Gortner attended Hawaii Pacific University and received his MFA from Columbia University. His paintings feature assemblages of found paintings, as well as reversed found wall and floor paint. He paints over assemblages with layers of painterly language ranging from abstract to hyper-realistic.
His work focuses on the through-line themes of Metaphysics, Environmentalism, and Humanity, while his paintings very widely in form and presentation. Projects are often the result of experience based or site specific undertakings, which intentionally oscillate meaning between art action and art object. With art actions and media choices Gortner seeks to create a reverberant narrative to accompany pictorial theme.
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 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 works out of New York City.