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James Horner (he/him) is a New York based visual artist. His figurative artwork reflects the lives of the LGBTQ community. Through visual storytelling, he attempts to help promote queer lifestyles and divert discrimination from his people. His Illuminations include LGBTQ icons and everyday folk. Influenced by a father who was a psychiatrist, his tales reflect the environmental psychology of the queer community such as social settings and natural environments.

Trying-on different mediums, Horner focuses on painting, but also explores drawing, printmaking, sculpture and most recently zines. In his revelations, figures are abstracted to the grotesque and overwhelmed by their environments expressing stressors of the world.

During Horner’s M.F.A. program at Lehman College (2011), he focused on abstract and grotesque figurative painting and won the Out Magazine Sleepwear Design Challenge that included characters from one of his works.

In 2013, he exhibited at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art with a group of HIV artists from the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). Horner continued exhibiting with the collection at the museum in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

As his practice developed, he focused more on investigating queer lifestyles and issues. In 2019, he exhibited, “Village,” that questioned male/female personas in a policing gender show at the Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Horner’s boyfriend of 10 years, Chris, committed suicide in 2021. He then focused work around their relationship to help promote queer suicide prevention. LGBTQ youth are more than four times likely to attempt suicide than their peers (Johns et al., 2019; Johns et al., 2020). He began with sculpture at the Greenwich House Pottery, NYC, 2021, and then continued with large-scale paintings of the couples’ intimate lives. The paintings that enveloped the viewer were exhibited in an Open Studios event at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) residency, 2022.

He began collaborating with artists from SVA’s after residency course in 2022. Horner exhibited with the group in “Yonder Crush” (2023) at Satchel Projects, New York, NY. And then the cohort launched a public art show “Blink” (2023), starring projections of their artworks in a building’s windows in Chicago seen by about 1.2 million people. For his BLINK showing, he choose the paintings of his life with Chris to promote LGBTQ suicide awareness.

Horner regularly donates work to Housing Works, Bailey House and other organizations that help people in need and live with AIDS. In 2023 he donated and exhibited with Visual AIDS (Horner’s in their Artist+ Registry) at Ortuzar Projects, NYC.

Continuing with LGBTQ storytelling, Horner will participate in the Uncool Art Residency, Brooklyn, NY and the READYMADE DNA Residency, Provincetown, MA, in the fall of 2023; explore more art projects in public spaces; and examine text in his work. He is currently producing a zine with his SVA troupe on muses and completed a special program at the Bronx Museum, New York, NY, where he created a zine and a series of prints fixed on queer icons that will be added to the museum’s archive.





“Volume Up: Artists Responding to Music and Sound,” The Painting Center, New York, NY

BLINK, Exhibit Projection on Building, Chicago, IL

20th Anniversary Benefit Auction, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS, Ortuzar Projects, New York, NY


Yonder Crush, Satchel Projects, New York, NY

Greenwich House Pottery Artists Exhibition, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY


Art and AIDS: Allegria, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY

CRIMINALIZE THIS! The Social Policing of Gender and the Criminalization of Queerness, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


The Same River Twice, Lehman College, Bronx, NY


Art & AIDS: Soldiers of Survival, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY

GMHC Gala Art Auction, New York, NY


Art and AIDS: Amor y Pasi͑on, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY

Nova Illa, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY


Masquerade (Solo Show), Gallery Aferro, Newark, NY

Lehman College Faculty/MFA Students Exhibition, Krasdale Foods Gallery, Bronx, NY

Housing Works Design on a Dime 2014, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY


What They Were Thinking, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

Art and AIDS: Perceptions of Life, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY

Open Studios and Community Conversations, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

Days of our Lives, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY


The Wicked Twins: Fame and Notoriety, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

Off the Wall Part 1: Thirty Performance Actions, John Baldessari’s I will never make boring art again, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY