A new exhibit by Jonas Wood ’99 opened in April at the prestigious Gagosian gallery in New York City.
In his exhibition, Wood’s “boldly colored graphic works [combine] art historical references with images of the objects, interiors and people that comprise the fabric of his daily life,” notes materials from the Gagosian. “Translating the three-dimensional world around him into pure color and line, he confounds expectations of scale and vantage point, causing the flat picture plane to bristle with an abstract charge.”
His artistic distinction follows years of acclaim. As touted in a 2011 New York Times review, Wood’s paintings “negotiate an uneasy truce among the abstract, the representational, the photographic and the just plain weird. They achieve this with a dour yet lavish palette, tactile but implacably workmanlike surfaces and a subtly perturbed sense of space…”
Born in Boston, Wood graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in studio art, having participated in the abroad program in Bath, England. Professor of Art and Architecture Nick Ruth served as his mentor. He earned a M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Washington.
Wood’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Broad, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His murals and solo exhibitions include Primitives: Chris Caccamise and Jonas Wood, Cerealart, Philadelphia (2007); Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Clippings, Lever House Art Collection, New York (2013–14); Shelf Still Life, High Line Art, New York (2014); LA><ART Facade, Los Angeles (2014); and Still Life with Two Owls, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016).
Wood’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States in almost a decade opened at the Dallas Museum of Art in March and will close on July 14. The exhibition at Gagosian runs through July 19.
In the photo above, Jonas Wood ’99 stands with his mentor Professor of Art and Architecture Nick Ruth at the Gagosian during the exhibit opening.