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Jonas Wood

Four Tennis Courts

June 2–July 16, 2021
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Installation view Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Jonas Wood, Australian Open with Red Lines, 2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 × 66 inches (223.5 × 167.6 cm)© Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Jonas Wood, Australian Open with Red Lines, 2021

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 × 66 inches (223.5 × 167.6 cm)
© Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Jonas Wood, French Open with Orchid, 2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 × 66 inches (223.5 × 167.6 cm)© Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Jonas Wood, French Open with Orchid, 2021

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 × 66 inches (223.5 × 167.6 cm)
© Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Jonas Wood, Wimbledon with Bball Orchid, 2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 × 66 inches (223.5 × 167.6 cm)© Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Jonas Wood, Wimbledon with Bball Orchid, 2021

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 × 66 inches (223.5 × 167.6 cm)
© Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Jonas Wood, Abu Dhabi, 2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 × 66 inches (223.5 × 167.6 cm)© Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Jonas Wood, Abu Dhabi, 2021

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 × 66 inches (223.5 × 167.6 cm)
© Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Wood Kusaka Studios, Los Angeles, 2021 Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

Wood Kusaka Studios, Los Angeles, 2021

Artwork © Jonas Wood. Photo: Marten Elder

About

My forms are not rendered spatially. My paintings of tennis courts are about an interest in abstraction, and how the court becomes a geometric puzzle.
—Jonas Wood

Gagosian is pleased to present four new tennis court paintings by Jonas Wood.

Describing his work as a visual diary or “even a personal history,” Wood charges images of people, places, and objects from his everyday life with art historical references. Inspired by the bold formal distillations of such artists as David Hockney, he emphasizes pattern, shape, and ornamentation while confounding scale and perspective. His lush, exuberant interiors and still lifes depict plants potted in vessels made by his wife, Shio Kusaka, and by artists in the couple’s personal collection including Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess, and Akio Takamori.

Wood first made use of sports imagery in dynamic post-Pop portraits derived from boxing, baseball, and basketball cards—tokens that have as much to do with celebrity as nostalgia. He later became interested in depicting the physical spaces associated with sports. While watching games on television, Wood developed a shorthand approach to representing courts and fields, paring complex scenes down to geometric shapes and flat, saturated colors. In the oil and acrylic canvases on view, he reworks four of his favorite drawings from a suite of twenty-four produced between 2016 and 2018, all of which depict famous international tennis tournaments.

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