James Horner is a visual artist who lives in New York City. His colorful expressionistic paintings and collages explore the psychological effects of the environment on individuals. Studies have included policing gender, contemporary lifestyles, the effects of advertising and the media, and the paintings of the Dutch master, Jan Lievens.
Figures are often abstracted to the point of the grotesque and overwhelmed or torn apart by their surroundings. Shapes interact with figures in space as lines connect atmospheres in different directions, creating islands with systems of thought.
He communicates his viewpoint thorough a unique style of painting, which samples from traditional and contemporary abstract/expressionist and surrealist styles of artwork - with pops of graffiti. A collage of layered thicknesses of acrylic paint and mediums are piled up and scratched out to build a dynamic surface for light to play on. The foreground and background are pushed and pulled with a battle that erupts between bright colors, muddied hues allowing the eye to move around the surface.
Horner has an MFA in painting from Lehman College and has exhibited internationally. Recently his work was included in “CRIMINALIZE THIS! The Social Policing of Gender and the Criminalization of Queerness” at Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “ART & AIDS: Alegria” at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY, and “The Wicked Twins: Fame and Notoriety” at the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University – Newark, in Newark, NJ. He was a resident at the Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ and Dacia Gallery, New York, NY; won the OUT Magazine Tylenol PM Lights Out Sleepwear Challenge; and regularly donates art to the Housing Works, GMHC, and Visual AIDS events.