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James Gortner Biography

In James Gortner’s paintings, his personal conflicts, moods, and dreams combine with stories and magical myths of the past to create newly imagined myths. Gortner‘s paintings lean into sculpture, sometimes referencing photography, and involve circumstances and processes akin to performance. He often incorporates reclaimed wood and sustainable materials in his paintings which add physical texture and tension and enhance the narrative with fantastical abstractions of storytelling.

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Gortner’s identity as an artist is rooted in his hybrid of spiritual practices, artistic influences, and technical virtuosity as a painter. His points of reference range from large-scale history painting and contemporary abstraction to experiential and conceptual art. Gortner intends to create vehicles of contemplation that evoke greater awareness of our collective environment, interconnectedness, and transformation.

Painter James Gortner received his B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University and his MFA from Columbia University. Gortner’s 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), The LeRoy Neiman Gallery (New York), 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, Men’s 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. ]

James Gortner Featured Artworks

Down Dragon by James Gortner contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
James Gortner Down Dragon, 2013–2015 Oil, acrylic and reclaimed paint on panel, artist's frame
96 x 65 inches
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art Contact Gallery
Cosmo Hermit by James Gortner contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
James Gortner Cosmo Hermit, 2010–2018 Oil and acrylic on assemblage of found paintings (artist frame)
117 x 80 inches
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art Contact Gallery
Embassy of Shards by James Gortner contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
James Gortner Embassy of Shards, 2015–2018 Oil, acrylic and reclaimed paint on panel, artist's frame
123 x 84 inches
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art Contact Gallery
Under the Sun by James Gortner contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
James Gortner Under the Sun, 2018–2021 Oil, acrylic and reclaimed paint on panel
122 x 81 inches
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art Contact Gallery
Angel Athena by James Gortner contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
James Gortner Angel Athena, 2017–2020 Oil, neon and reclaimed paint on panel, artist's frame
114.5 x 62 inches
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art Contact Gallery
Angel Alice by James Gortner contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
James Gortner Angel Alice, 2019–2022 Oil, acrylic and assembled found paintings on panel with artist's frame
43 x 30 cm
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art Contact Gallery
Untitled 'Bell' by James Gortner contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
James Gortner Untitled 'Bell', 2016–2022 Oil, sculpting media, shredded paintings, reclaimed wood
67.5 x 46.25 inches
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art Contact Gallery
Magic Circle by James Gortner contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
James Gortner Magic Circle, 2017–2022 Oil, sculpting media, cut paintings, reclaimed wood
84.75 x 45.25 inches
Waterhouse & Dodd Fine Art Contact Gallery

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