b. 1977, United States

Jonas Wood Artworks

Jonas Wood's drawings, paintings, collage, and prints cross multiple genres including portrait, still life, landscape, and architecture. He weaves the essence of 20th-century modern traditions with his own hard-edged, quasi-abstract cut-out style.

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Pots

In a conceptual sense, Wood follows early Pop Art's focus on reinvigorating an interest in the everyday things that we overlook, though his approach is less commercial and more personal than Pop Art's.

The artist's imagery is comprised of his day-to-day surroundings. In works such as Group Portrait (2004) and MSF Fish Pot #7 (2016) Wood has incorporated the work and interests of his wife, the Japan-born ceramicist Shio Kusaka. Sharing a studio with her in Culver City, California, many of the artist's myriad paintings of plant pots and other ceramic vessels are modelled on Kusaka's work.

Wood's process typically begins with a collage of photographs that he simplifies into drawn compositions. Space and depth in the artist's artworks are created purely with flat planes of colour and lines. The resulting disconcerting sense of compressed space harks back to the work of the 20th-century modernists he cites as influences, particularly Henri Matisse, who he has made direct visual reference to in works such as Red Pot with Lute Player #2 (2018).

The fractured plains of the Cubists and the minimal, colourful planar approach to portraits reflect the work of Wood's other proclaimed influences: Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, and Alex Katz.

Sports

Sport has been a dominant feature of Wood's work ever since he began making drawings of isolated basketballs and pinning them up on the wall in the mid-2000s. Wood shows his obsessive passion for basketball in works such as Floating Orange Ball (2014), which also pays homage to Jeff Koons' sculpture One Ball Total Equilibrium (Spalding Dr J Silver Series) (1985). The artist avidly watches games and listens to sports commentary or has it running in the background while he works.

Wood has referenced tennis in paintings, drawings and prints since 2011. Watching tennis matches while he works, the artist has painted numerous tennis courts. In the print series 'Four Majors' (2018), Wood portrays the courts of the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments in vibrant multi-colour screenprints.

Sometimes Wood's selected everyday elements are jarringly recombined into works such as Collaboration Appropriation 4 (2015), which brings together the artist's plants and basketball motifs in a surreal composition set against a neutral background.

Interiors and Exteriors

Wood has also made numerous scenes of architectural exterior and interiors. Schindler Apts (2013) portrays the iconic Los Angeles architecture the artist visits with his architect father when he comes to the city.

Woods interior scenes, such as Alexis' Room (2014), Jungle Kitchen (2017), and Jersey City Apartment (2019), are often characterised by distorted perspectives and an abundance of domestic objects–particularly pot plants.

Two Bonsais with Cressey, Frimkess, and Kusaka by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork painting
Jonas Wood Two Bonsais with Cressey, Frimkess, and Kusaka, 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
177.8 x 101.6 x 3.8 cm
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Untitled by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Jonas Wood Untitled, 2017 Coloured pencil on paper
22.86 x 15.88 cm
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NYTimes Frimkess Still Life by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork painting
Jonas Wood NYTimes Frimkess Still Life, 2018 Oil and acrylic on linen
50.8 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm
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Still Life with Animal Pattern by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork works on paper
Jonas Wood Still Life with Animal Pattern, 2011 Ink and graphite on paper
41 x 28 inches
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Pete Ladd by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork works on paper
Jonas Wood Pete Ladd, 2006 Gouache and coloured pencil on paper
14 x 11 1/2 inches
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Ewing's Card by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork painting
Jonas Wood Ewing's Card, 2007 Oil on linen
48 x 36 x 1.5 inches
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D. Mutombo by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork works on paper
Jonas Wood D. Mutombo, 2007 Gouache and coloured pencil on paper
29.75 x 20.5 inches
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Bullets (mini) by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork works on paper
Jonas Wood Bullets (mini), 2007 Gouache and coloured pencil on paper
30 x 22.5 inches
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Jungle Kitchen by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork painting
Jonas Wood Jungle Kitchen, 2017 Oil and acrylic on canvas
254 x 236.2 x 3.8 cm
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Collaboration Appropriation 4 by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork painting
Jonas Wood Collaboration Appropriation 4, 2015 Oil and acrylic on canvas
106.7 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
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Bananas by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork print
Jonas Wood Bananas, 2021 9-colour screenprint on rising museum board
71.1 x 58.4 cm
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Large Shelf Still Life, by Jonas Wood contemporary artwork print
Jonas Wood Large Shelf Still Life,, 2017 Offset lithograph in colours on wove paper
59.5 x 59.5 cm
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