James Gortner
Fairy God Mother (2018) Oil & mixed media including arrows, rope, stretchers, and found paintings on panel (artist frame), 60 in x 45 inMemory V Essence
2016-2017Fairy God Mother 
2016-2017Embassy Of Shards
2015-2017True Power 
2013-2015 Starlight 
2013-2015Embassy Of Lights
2017-2018Long Echos Rose Color Glasses 
2013-2014The Eye Collector II 
2013-2015Love Cats
2015-2017My Sweet Rose 
2013-2014Meta Form 
2015-2018Down Dragon 
2013-2015The Watcher 
2013-2015Siren & Sword 
2013-2015She Who Sends Up Gifts
2013-2015Madame X, Touch
2013Out of Stone 
"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform."
-Diane Mariechild

"Transformer" continues Gortner's exploration of artistic production through works that incorporate both original and found elements. However, unlike his last exhibition whereby he assembled and painted upon found paintings in their entirety, in "Transformer" Gortner cuts and collages pieces from an even wider range of found paintings and discarded objects, incorporating them into a new composition. By layering the face of his panels with cut canvas, pieces, and parts of pre-existing found work, Gortner affects a beguiling surface beyond the two-dimensional picture plane. "Transformer" is, in a sense, a collective meta-sculpture of discarded energy that evidences the artist's own deftness of hand, supported by elements extracted from other artists' paintings and found objects.

It is the oscillation between action and stillness, known and unknown, real and illusory, natural and unnatural, original and found that makes Gortner's paintings so captivating. All combined, "Transformer" brilliantly balances authorship and stewardship, and evidences an evolution of artistic process. The work embraces a unique visionary narrative - an idiomatic manifestation that James Gortner has made all his own.

-Lyons Wier Gallery, 2015