jay gaskill

cv & bio

Jay Gaskill (B. 1980, Silver Spring, MD) is an 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. Allusions to symbols of change such as flames and leaves abound in his work. What started as an unconscious pulse, is now at the forefront of his mind: to paint the transformation in society that we are experiencing.

Jay's most recent solo exhibition was “Variation In Production” at Ampersand Gallery in Portland, OR in early 2020. He has been interviewed for ArtNet News and his work has been exhibited in group shows on both coasts and featured in publications such as Maake Magazine and Art Maze Magazine.

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 exists as an Instagram-only gallery that operates with the ethos of an independent record label. 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.


Born - Silver Spring, MD

Lives & Works - Portland, OR


2011 - MFA in Painting, Hunter College, New York, NY

2002 - BFA in Painting, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2020 - Variation In Production, Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR

2018 - Air Raid, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA

2018 - In No Time, One River Gallery, Lake Oswego, OR

2016 - Mise-en-Abyme (w/Alyse Ronayne), Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

2014 - Mesh Point, One River Gallery, Englewood, NJ

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 - Organic, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR

2019 - This Is Our Summer Group Show, HOLDING Contemporary, Portland, OR

2019 - Em Dash, Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR

2014 - Hello, Bushwick!, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 - Same Same but Different, Guest Spot at the Reinstitute, Baltimore, MD

2012 - Two River, One River Gallery, Englewood, NJ

2012 - Same Same but Different, Parallel Art Space, Ridgewood, NY

2012 - Same Same but Different, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA


2019 - Present // Air In Space

2017 - Present // The Drawing Exchange

2012 - 2014 // Same Same but Different


2020 - "‘The Future of the Art World Is Direct-to-Consumer’: As the Market Shifts Online, a Growing Number of Artists Are Thriving Without the Middle Man" by Sarah Cascone, Artnet News

2018 - "Jay Gaskill" edited by Maria Zemtsova, Art Maze Mag

2016 - "Jay Gaskill" by Emily Burns, Maake


2013 - Emergency Opportunity Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NY

2011 - Judy and Arthur Zankel MFA Award in Art, Hunter College, NY

Artist Talks

2018 - Washington State University, Vancouver, WA

2013 - Queensborough Community College, Flushing, NY

2013 - Guest Spot at the Reinstitute, Baltimore, MD

2012 - One River Gallery, Englewood, NJ

2012 - University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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