James Gortner
“Eve” (n.d.) 2019, Oil on assemblage including shaped panel, painting fragments, gold and crystal (artist made frame), 34 in x 31 in/ 86.5 cm x 79 cm

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. Using reclaimed materials such as artists’ paintings, images, wood, and textiles, Gortner creates art based upon an underlying conceptual framework and challenges contemporary notions about painting. The surfaces of his two-dimensional works are characteristically bricolage, constructed and optically painted, visibly evidencing the artist’s alteration of the charged matter. He lives in New York and works at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey.