James Gortner
“Apple” (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. Blending reclaimed materials such as paint, artists’ paintings, imagery, 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 constructed and painted with range from hyper-realistic to abstract, visibly evidencing the artist's formal skill set. He lives in New York.