Born in Orange County, CA, Painter James Gortner attended Hawaii Pacific University and received his MFA from Columbia University. His work engages the audience in dialogue about their perception of art and uses conceptual painting and installations to explore the process of creation. Blending reclaimed materials such as artists paintings, reclaimed wood, reclaimed acrylic and oil paint, Gortner creates art based upon an underlying conceptual framework. The surfaces of his two-dimensional works characteristically showcase a non singular virtuoso of art historical genres and styles. He lives in New York.