Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood (b. 1977) combines art historical references with images of the objects, interiors, and people that create the fabric of his life. Translating the world around him into graphic line and colour, he confounds expectations of scale and vantage point. Rooted in the everyday, Wood describes how “You could call [my work] a visual diary […] 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.” Born in Boston, Massachusetts, 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. In 2010, Wood had his first solo museum exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition was followed by a number of public commissions, including murals for the High Line, New York (Shelf Still Life, 2014) and the façades of LAXART, Los Angeles (2014) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Still Life with Two Owls (MOCA), 2016).