Jonas Wood, Children's Garden, 2015, oil and acrylic on canvas, 93 × 93 inches (236.2 × 236.2 cm) © Jonas Wood
Jonas Wood’s paintings and works on paper display overlapping textures and disorienting compressions of space; the intimate settings invoke the work of forebears such as Matisse and Hockney, yet his distorted verdant rooms possess an affectless cut–out appearance that is all his own. In drawings, collages, watercolors, and paintings, outlines of pots and vases frame landscape and interior imagery. Drawn and painted vessels set against neutral backgrounds contain a sprawling green golf course; a coral reef with exotic fish; a lush garden; a painter’s studio, all scenes that end abruptly at the parameters of the object.
Jonas Wood was born in 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1999 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York, and received his M.F.A. in 2002 from the University of Washington, Seattle. Wood’s work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including “Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports,” Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2010); “Selections from the Grunwald Center and the Hammer Contemporary Collection,” The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013); “Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings and Mixed Media Artworks,” The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York (2013); and “More Young Americans,” Hotel de Miramion, Paris (2013). Recent solo shows include “Primitives: Chris Caccamise and Jonas Wood,” Cereal Art, Philadelphia (2007); “Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood,” The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); and “Clippings,” Lever House, New York (2013–14). Wood’s works are in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Saatchi Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Wake Forest University, North Carolina.
Wood currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.