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Artist Statement

Jay Asp (°1978, Saint Paul, United States) makes paintings, drawings and sculptures. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, Asp presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed.

Asp creates situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.

His works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in painting. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, he makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.

His works never shows the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. Jay Asp currently lives and works in Fort Worth.


1997-1998 Graphic Design, Bowling Green State University

Atelier of Jonathan Hardesty, McKinney, TX 2003-2005


Teaching and Related Experience

Art instruction specialist, Central High School, Keller ISD, August 2007-Present

Classes: Drawing, Painting, Art History


Selected Exhibitions (solo shows marked by asterisk)

2015  Art Hop, Juried Exhibition, Georgetown, TX

2015  Keller's Got Talent, Town Hall, Keller, TX

2015  2nd Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition, Ft. Worth, TX​

2014  Faculty Exhibition, Town Hall, Keller, TX

2011  Faculty Exhibition, Town Hall, Keller, TX

2010  Keller's Got Talent, Town Hall, Keller, TX


Private Collections

Works are included in private collections in the following states: Virginia, Ohio, and Texas


Curriculum vitae

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