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“Making Fantastic Art”

Jonas Wood ’99, a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist, will open a solo exhibit of his work at the Anton Kern Gallery in New York City. The month-long exhibition, opening on Thursday, July 12, will showcase some of the finest work by the rising art world star.

“He’s becoming a prominent and important contemporary artist, said Nick Ruth, associate professor of art and one of Wood’s former instructors. “He’s making fantastic art and people are responding to it.

Wood, a psychology major at HWS, received an MFA from the University of Washington in 2002 while continuing to perfect his unique style. For the past four years, his work has been seen in a variety of California galleries, most recently at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.

For his first solo exhibition in New York, Wood has put together a group of paintings and watercolor drawings that complement each other thematically and formally. The Anton Kern Gallery described the subjects as “nearly classical, flower still-lifes, interiors, portraits and figures, each with a slight twist. Wood’s imagery is taken from everyday life…The blocky flatness of the paintings, their tilted perspective, the compositional autonomy of color, line and shape point at Wood’s interest in concepts of time and the legibility of nature.

The Anton Kern Gallery is located at 532 West 20th Street. More information about current exhibits, including Wood’s, can be found at antonkerngallery.com.