Born in Orange County, CA, painter James Gortner attended Hawaii Pacific University and received his MFA from Columbia University. His mixed-media creations 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 visual content speak volumes of allegory with regard to contemporary art issues, as well as the range of the artist's imagination. Gortners work has been featured at the Pool Gallery (Berlin), Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (Connecticut) and Lyons Wier Gallery (New York) and belongs to the private collection of President Jiang Zemin of China and actress Reese Witherspoon, among others. He lives and works in New York, New York.