New York based painter James Gortner uses sustainable, upcycled raw materials including found paintings, reclaimed paint, and reclaimed lumber for both a context rich, and green surface. After building a 2-D assemblage of multiple paintings by other artists made in many different styles and genres, he then paints into the assemblage with a broad array of techniques from figurative to abstract. Gortner paints by his own distinct process, focusing in on genres of History Painting, Portraiture, Animal Painting and Abstraction. Gortner intends his paintings become vehicles for contemplation of metaphysics in this age of global inter-connectivity and climate change.
James Gortner (b.1977) received his B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University and his MFA from Columbia University. Gortners work has been exhibited at The Fisher Landau Center for The Arts (New York), Mana Contemporary (New Jersey), San Bernardino County Museum (California), RW Norton Art Gallery (Louisiana), Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (Connecticut), and ThePool Gallery (Berlin) and has been featured in New American Paintings (North East Edition), New American Art Collector Magazine, Mens Journal, and the Berliner, among other publications. His artwork is included in the collection of the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jimenez-Colon Collection, and the Wooster Collective as well as the private collection of President Jiang Zemin of China and actress Reese Witherspoon, among others. James Gortner lives in New York and works from his studio at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ.