New York based painter James Gortner create mixed-media compositions featuring the assemblage of found paintings collected from art schools, thrift stores, the street, as well as established artists' studios. He cuts up and positions them, then paints over the assemblage with a technical span, ranging from realistic to abstract.

James Gortner was born in Orange County, CA in 1977. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2010 and his B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University in 2001. Gortner has exhibited his work in the United States and in Germany and is currently featured in the 2017 edition of New American Paintings (North East).  Gortner’s work is part the private collection of President Jiang Zemin of China, Jimenez-Colon Collection, actress Reese Witherspoon, the Wooster St Collective, and Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) among others.  Gortner lives in New York and works from his studio at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ.  Gortner has been represented by Lyons Wier Gallery since 2013.