Jonas Wood (born 1977) composes collaged portraits, still lifes, landscapes and interior scenes from bright colors and geometric patterns. His process involves photographing his subjects from multiple different angles, and then filtering the imagery through sketches and paintings. This offers him the freedom to manipulate and rearrange perspective to create the surprising optical designs of his sought-after paintings. Works like Jungle Kitchen, 2017, and Ovitz’s Library, 2013, encapsulate this by way of their organized pandemonium of color, shapes, angles, and patterns. Wood says, “Of all of the possible things I could paint, the thing that interests me is something that I can get close enough to in order to paint it honestly.” The familiar scenes of everyday objects and life speak to the artist’s personal history, and his unique configurations invite his audience into his imaginatively interpreted world.
Born in 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts, Wood went on to receive his MFA in painting from the University of Washington in 2002. Today, his works are found in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Saatchi Gallery in London, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. Wood and his wife, ceramicist Shio Kusaka, share a studio and often riff off of each other’s work, each cultivating an individual artistic practice that draws inspiration from the other. They currently live and work in Los Angeles, California.
ChromoAnnual Winter/Spring Print Show 31 Jan - 4 Jul 2020El Anatsui, Mel Bochner, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Sol LeWitt, Mark Mulroney, Bruce Nauman, Louise Nevelson, Mimmo Paladino, Hayal Pozanti, Robert Rauschenberg, Bridget Riley, Ed Ruscha, Jonas Wood at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Folio29 Nov 2019 - 14 Feb 2020Zane Bennett Contemporary announces its annual group exhibition , which features Zane Bennett Gallery staff favorites from the 2019 collection, including Judy Chicago's Birth Tear/Tear and Ghada Amer and Reza...