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Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, LG NPP #2, 2017 Screenprint and oil on canvas, 93 × 61 inches (236.2 × 154.9 cm)© Jonas Wood, photo by Brian Forrest

Jonas Wood, LG NPP #2, 2017

Screenprint and oil on canvas, 93 × 61 inches (236.2 × 154.9 cm)
© Jonas Wood, photo by Brian Forrest

Jonas Wood, Hammer Interior, 2016 18-color letterpress print on Crane Lettra paper, 11 ¼ × 20 ¾ inches (28.6 × 52.7 cm), edition of 20 + 10 APs© Jonas Wood, photo by Brian Forrest

Jonas Wood, Hammer Interior, 2016

18-color letterpress print on Crane Lettra paper, 11 ¼ × 20 ¾ inches (28.6 × 52.7 cm), edition of 20 + 10 APs
© Jonas Wood, photo by Brian Forrest

Jonas Wood, Children's Garden, 2015 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 93 × 93 inches (236.2 × 236.2 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Children's Garden, 2015

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 93 × 93 inches (236.2 × 236.2 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Landscape Pot 2, 2014 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 120 × 76 inches (304.8 × 193 cm)© Jonas Wood, photo by Brian Forrest

Jonas Wood, Landscape Pot 2, 2014

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 120 × 76 inches (304.8 × 193 cm)
© Jonas Wood, photo by Brian Forrest

Jonas Wood, Alexis's Room, 2009 Oil on canvas, 66 × 60 inches (167.6 × 152.4 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Alexis's Room, 2009

Oil on canvas, 66 × 60 inches (167.6 × 152.4 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Hammer Storage, 2011 Oil and acrylic on linen, 82 × 82 inches (208.3 × 208.3 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Hammer Storage, 2011

Oil and acrylic on linen, 82 × 82 inches (208.3 × 208.3 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Untitled (2 Yellow Birds), 2011 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 42 × 32 inches (106.7 × 81.3 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Untitled (2 Yellow Birds), 2011

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 42 × 32 inches (106.7 × 81.3 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Wimbledon M, 2013 Oil and acrylic on linen, 62 × 50 inches (157.5 × 127 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Wimbledon M, 2013

Oil and acrylic on linen, 62 × 50 inches (157.5 × 127 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Calais Drive, 2012 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 104 × 84 inches (264.2 × 213.4 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Calais Drive, 2012

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 104 × 84 inches (264.2 × 213.4 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Leslie and Michael, 2013 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 80 × 90 inches (203.2 × 228.6 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Leslie and Michael, 2013

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 80 × 90 inches (203.2 × 228.6 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Ovitz's Library, 2013 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 100 × 132 inches (254 × 335.3 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Ovitz's Library, 2013

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 100 × 132 inches (254 × 335.3 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, The Hypnotist, 2011 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 108 × 168 inches (274.3 × 426.7 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, The Hypnotist, 2011

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 108 × 168 inches (274.3 × 426.7 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Make It Talk, Teodoro, 2006 Oil on canvas, 72 × 93 inches (182.9 × 236.2 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Make It Talk, Teodoro, 2006

Oil on canvas, 72 × 93 inches (182.9 × 236.2 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Two Tables with Floral Pattern, 2013 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 100 × 93 inches (254 × 236.2 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Two Tables with Floral Pattern, 2013

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 100 × 93 inches (254 × 236.2 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Schindler Apts, 2013 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 132 × 112 inches (335.3 × 284.5 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Schindler Apts, 2013

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 132 × 112 inches (335.3 × 284.5 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Landscape Pot with Yellow Orchid, 2014 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 118 × 90 inches (299.7 × 228.6 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Landscape Pot with Yellow Orchid, 2014

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 118 × 90 inches (299.7 × 228.6 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, TV Room 2, 2007 Gouache and colored pencil on paper, 23 × 30 ⅜ inches (58.4 × 77.2 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, TV Room 2, 2007

Gouache and colored pencil on paper, 23 × 30 ⅜ inches (58.4 × 77.2 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess Pot 1, 2013 Gouache and colored pencil on paper, 9 ⅞ × 12 inches (25.1 × 30.5 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess Pot 1, 2013

Gouache and colored pencil on paper, 9 ⅞ × 12 inches (25.1 × 30.5 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Purple Orchid Clipping, 2013 Gouache and colored pencil on paper, 60 ⅜ × 40 ½ inches (153.3 × 102.9 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Purple Orchid Clipping, 2013

Gouache and colored pencil on paper, 60 ⅜ × 40 ½ inches (153.3 × 102.9 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Still Life with Blue Rug, 2013 Gesso, gouache, ink, and colored pencil on paper, 34 × 32 inches (86.4 × 81.3 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Still Life with Blue Rug, 2013

Gesso, gouache, ink, and colored pencil on paper, 34 × 32 inches (86.4 × 81.3 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Untitled (BW Self Portrait), 2008 Ink and gesso on paper, 56 × 41 ½ inches (142.2 × 105.4 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Untitled (BW Self Portrait), 2008

Ink and gesso on paper, 56 × 41 ½ inches (142.2 × 105.4 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Manute Jumper, 2014 Gouache, colored pencil, and collage on paper, 41 ½ × 30 ⅜ inches (105.4 × 77.2 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Manute Jumper, 2014

Gouache, colored pencil, and collage on paper, 41 ½ × 30 ⅜ inches (105.4 × 77.2 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Maritime Sunset Landscape Pot, 2014 Ink, gouache, and colored pencil on paper, 28 × 22 inches (71.1 × 55.9 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Maritime Sunset Landscape Pot, 2014

Ink, gouache, and colored pencil on paper, 28 × 22 inches (71.1 × 55.9 cm)
© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Blackwelder Studio Exterior, 2014 Ink, gouache, and colored pencil on paper, 26 × 26 inches (66 × 66 cm)© Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Blackwelder Studio Exterior, 2014

Ink, gouache, and colored pencil on paper, 26 × 26 inches (66 × 66 cm)
© Jonas Wood

About

You could call [my work] a visual diary or even a personal history. I’m not going to paint something that doesn’t have anything to do with me. 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. 
—Jonas Wood

In his boldly colored, graphic works—including paintings, drawings, and prints—Jonas Wood combines art historical references with images of the objects, interiors, and people that comprise the fabric of his life. Translating the three-dimensional world around him into flat color and line, he confounds expectations of scale and vantage point.

Born in Boston, Wood grew up surrounded by the art collection of his grandfather, featuring the work of artists such as Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, Robert Motherwell, Larry Rivers, and Andy Warhol. He received a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, in 1999, majoring in psychology and minoring in studio art, then attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where he received an MFA in painting and drawing in 2002. During his student years, he explored making collage-like works based on montaged photographs that he took of himself, his friends, and their surroundings. These early photo-based paintings possess a darker and more volatile energy that is not as immediately evident in the work Wood is known for today.

Shortly after art school, Wood moved to Los Angeles, where he worked for the painter Laura Owens for a few years. Wood currently shares a studio with artist Shio Kusaka, his wife since 2002, and the pair often work in tandem, motifs migrating from Kusaka’s ceramic vessels to Wood’s paintings and back again. Common subjects include plants, portraits, and sports imagery, all of which come together in Wood’s lush interiors and intricate still lifes. He and Kusaka also incorporate imagery from their expansive art collection—including works by Alighiero Boetti, Michael Frimkess and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Mark Grotjahn, and Ed Ruscha—as well as from their children’s storybooks and drawings.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Jonas Wood (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

Online Reading

Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood is available for online reading from August 2 through August 31 as part of the From the Library series. Published on the occasion of his 2019 exhibition at Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street, New York, the softcover catalogue features full-color reproductions of thirty new paintings and works on paper that range from his familiar and beloved pots to his most recent series of architectural interiors and exteriors.

Jonas Wood (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

Jonas Wood’s privacy curtains installed at the Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC

Design

Jonas Wood for RxART

Jonas Wood has collaborated with RxART to create unique and playful privacy curtains for the pediatric intensive care unit at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Wood based the design on his ongoing Facetime Doodle series, which is inspired by drawings made by his own children.

Jonas Wood’s privacy curtains installed at the Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC

Chris Burden, L.A.P.D. Uniform, 1993 © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Online Viewing Room

Frieze Los Angeles 2020

February 10–19, 2020
gagosianviewingroom.com

Gagosian will launch its latest Online Viewing Room on the occasion of Frieze Los Angeles, with available works by Chris BurdenAlex Israel & Bret Easton EllisNeil JenneyAlbert Oehlen, Chris Ofili, David ReedEd Ruscha, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Tatiana Trouvé, and Jonas WoodMany of the artworks included in this virtual presentation consider the political, geographical, and social landscapes of Los Angeles.

The Frieze Los Angeles 2020 Online Viewing Room will open at 12:00am on Monday, February 10, in Hong Kong, and close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 19, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

For more information about the Online Viewing Room or the work to be featured, please contact inquire@gagosian.com.

Download the full press release (PDF)

Chris Burden, L.A.P.D. Uniform, 1993 © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Museum Exhibitions

Jonas Wood, Face Painting, 2014 © Jonas Wood

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Jonas Wood

March 24–July 14, 2019
Dallas Museum of Art
www.dma.org

The Dallas Museum of Art presents the first major solo museum exhibition of work by Jonas Wood, bringing together approximately thirty-five works across thirteen years of his career. The exhibition traces the artist’s fascination with psychology, memory, and the self to shed light on a practice that is both deeply personal and universal.

Jonas Wood, Face Painting, 2014 © Jonas Wood

Jennifer Guidi, Eclipse (Painted Mandala Mountain SF #1A, Black Sand, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Red), 2017 © Jennifer Guidi

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One Day at a Time
Manny Farber and Termite Art

October 14, 2018–March 11, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
www.moca.org

Inspired by American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his legendary underground essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” (1962), One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art featured approximately thirty artists and more than one hundred works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and sound dating from the 1950s to the present. Work by Jennifer Guidi and Jonas Wood was included.

Jennifer Guidi, Eclipse (Painted Mandala Mountain SF #1A, Black Sand, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Red), 2017 © Jennifer Guidi

Installation view, Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood, Musuem Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands, September 30, 2017–January 7, 2018. Photo by Antoine van Kaam

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Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood

September 30, 2017–January 7, 2018
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands
www.voorlinden.nl

This exhibition brings together works by both artists as a way to highlight the symbiosis and distinctive nature of their practices, in terms of combining the disciplines of painting and ceramics, but also emphasizing the echoes within and between their work.

Installation view, Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood, Musuem Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands, September 30, 2017–January 7, 2018. Photo by Antoine van Kaam

Installation view, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, May 25–September 16, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Albert Oehlen, © Christopher Wool

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Unpacking
The Marciano Collection

May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
marcianoartfoundation.org

Unpacking: The Marciano Collection was the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show were derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool was included.

Installation view, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, May 25–September 16, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Albert Oehlen, © Christopher Wool

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