Daniel Jay

Dan Jay is a visual artist primarily focused on making art and the art-science interface working in Jamaica Plain MA.  In the mid-1980’s Dan was elected a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows to do science and art, provided with both a laboratory and an art studio.  During that time, Dan had the privilege of studying drawing with the sculptor Will Riemann who still mentors him today. Dan uses en plein air drawing as an artist’s shorthand that is spontaneous and lively and they focus on a moment in time.  These works are the products of being present in the moment and attempt to capture that moment by keen observation converted to line and gesture.  This work has been shown in several one-person shows, including two at Harvard University (Leverett House and the Harvard Neighbors Gallery), the Gallery of Nature and Temptation (Boston), the Boston Public Library (JP Branch), and the Massachusetts State House and resulted in a recent public commission for the Boylston Street Art Corridor.  While working on both art and science seriously for several decades, it is only recently that Dan has combined the two with a unique perspective of a scientist’s mind and an artist’s eye. His mission is to inspire young people to explore where art and science meet.  Dan’s current work called ARCHEMY uses chemicals and chemical reactions to make novel marks on paper. Recent works include abstract drawings made with liquid nitrogen and that utilize chemical elements as media to generate new mark making and visualizing magnetic fields using iron filings and rust.  ARCHEMY has been recently exhibited in solo shows at the Aidekman Center for the Arts (Slater Concourse), Tufts University, Boston Convention Center, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the Tufts Center for European Studies (Talloires France), Tufts University School of Medicine and the French Cultural Institute. His recent travels for art include Turkey, France, Sudan and the Yukon.