Jay Hardin is an interdisciplinary artist and college instructor. His body of work includes paintings, drawings, collages, digital media, sound, and performance. The common thread throughout all of his work is that it is process-driven and often utilizes unconventional techniques involving body movement and dance to create his abstract rhythmic forms and sounds. Working predominantly with oil paint, charcoal, and digital media, the rhythmic and organic nature of his work represents his interest in the natural world, the unseen forces that reside within it, and his personal exploration of the healing effects of imagery, movement, and sound.
Hardin is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. He received his BFA in painting from the University of Arizona and his Masters in Fine Arts in drawing from Arizona State University. He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona, and teaches drawing at Phoenix College. Previously, Hardin taught painting, drawing and design courses at the Art Institute of Phoenix, worked as the Program Coordinator of art and dance at the Herberger Community School, and as Program Manager for the mediated learning project, SMALLab, within the Arts, Media, and Engineering Program at Arizona State University. Hardin exhibits his work regularly and his art is included in several corporate and private collections throughout the country.