Jay Gaskill (B. 1980, Silver Spring, MD) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Portland, OR. Jay earned an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His primary creative output is abstract painting. His paintings are a lifelong exploration into the use of formalism to communicate the energy of transformative experiences real and imagined. His work has been exhibited in group shows on both coasts and featured in publications such as Art Maze Magazine and Maake. His most recent solo exhibition was “Variation In Production” at Ampersand Gallery in Portland, OR in early 2020.
The other side of his practice comes in the form of two different social-media-based projects: Air In Space and The Drawing Exchange. Jay founded Air In Space in 2019 with his wife, Erin B. Gaskill (who serves as Creative Director). The project functions like a record label, but for painting, and presents exhibitions exclusively on Instagram. Jay founded The Drawing Exchange in 2017 as a way to connect artists and build their collections, via a mediated exchange of 2D works that happens several times a year on a private Instagram account. To date, The Exchange has worked with over 130 artists from around the US, Canada and the UK. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Drawing Exchange held a sale of works with all proceeds going to member artists directly affected by the crisis, or COVID-related charities of the artist’s choosing.