Jay Marshall Hardin was born in 1976 and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. At an early age Jay developed artistic interests, especially in drawing and music. As a teenager he had the opportunity to learn the craft of screen-printing while working for his uncle’s business, which expanded his interest in art-making. Stemming from his desire to see a new part of the country, after graduating high school Jay moved to Tucson to enroll as a student at the University of Arizona. There he began to study painting, printmaking, sound, video, and art history. He developed a particular interest in the ancient art of the Americas with trips to various archaeological sites in Arizona, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Guatemala, and Belize. In 2000, he earned a BFA in painting from the University of Arizona.
Jay went on to receive his Masters in Fine Arts in drawing/painting from Arizona State University in 2007. During his time as a graduate student he focused on developing experimental techniques of creating texture and pattern in his artwork. With a concentration on process and media his abstract and organic images reference the rhythmic processes found in the natural world. Experimentation with sound also played an important part in his thesis work as he created soundscapes using field recordings, samples, and musical compositions. Jay continues to use both visual and sonic elements in exhibitions today to explore their complementary relationship.
Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona, Jay is working on a variety of creative projects in collaboration with other painters and musicians in the Phoenix area. He is currently a member of the Eyelounge Artist Collective in downtown Phoenix, while being represented by Platform Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. He is a full time faculty member at the Art Institute of Phoenix, where he teaches painting, drawing, and design. Jay also works for the Arts, Media, and Engineering program at Arizona State University as Program Manager for the SMALLab research project.