left: Fairy God Mother" (Sunset On The Matterhorn) (2018) Oils, arrows, rope, stretchers, and found paintings on panel (artist frame), 60 in x 45 in
Painter James Gortner paints in a hybrid of styles and incorporates objects and images -from found paintings and crafts- into his work as vehicles for contemplation of metaphysics and self expression. By using fractions of existing paintings imagery, and covering or embedding their imagery as underlying textures inside of his own painterly languages(ranging from hyper-realistic to abstract), Gortner invites inquiry into the way his newly applied paint marks and his ideas dovetail with previous materials and peoples ideas to make something new. Further that the act of seeing a painting in this way opens a larger scope of connectedness to people and events in the universe, pointing to the vastness of the cosmos and totality of anthropological activity, existing inside each of our moves.
Gortner holds an MFA from Columbia University. Gortners work has been shown at The Fisher Landau Center For The Arts (LIC), Mana Contemporary (Jersey City), Lyons Wier Gallery (New York), Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (Connecticut), and The Pool Gallery (Berlin). His work has been written about in the Hartford Courant, Men's Journal, The Berliner, and in New American Paintings. He belongs to the collections of the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jimenez-Colon Collection, and the Wooster Street Art Collective as well as the private collection of President Jiang Zemin of China and actress Reese Witherspoon, among others. He lives and works out of New York City.