In James Gortners paintings, his personal conflicts, moods, and dreams combine with other peoples stories and magical myths of the past and present. Gortners references range from large-scale History Painting and Contemporary Abstraction, to fashion photography and modern design. He incorporates reclaimed wood and sustainable materials Into his paintings, as well as paints on layers of found paintings, adding physical texture and tension that only enhances the dynamic storytelling at play. Gortner intends his paintings to be vehicles for contemplation of transformation, in this age of global inter-connectivity and climate change.
James Gortner (b.1977) is a self taught painter who received his B.A. in International Studies while attending Hawaii Pacific University and Beijing Language and Culture University, later going on for 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), Lyons Wier Gallery (New York), Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (Connecticut), and Dittrich & Schlichtum Gallery (Berlin). His work has been featured in print 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.