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The Alluring Art of Jonas Wood

The Alluring Art of Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood is famous for his solid colors combining art historical references with images or elements related to his life. Making everything around him look flat in both color and line. He is a famous artist from Boston, who grew up in his grandfather’s art collection featuring Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, Robert Motherwell, Larry Rivers, and Andy Warhol. At his early age, he worked on collages based on montages that he also took by himself. Primarily photographs of his friends, strangers, self-portraits–though the theme of his works during this time was relatively darker than his works nowadays. 

Later on, he worked under a famous painter Laura Owens for a few years, and then shared studio with his wife, Shio Kusaka by 2002. He and Kusaka have been incorporating interesting imagery from their expansive art collection, such as Frimkess and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Mark Grotjahn, and Ed Ruscha Alighiero Boetti, and also those from their children’s storybooks and drawings. 

Jonas Wood usually works with acrylic and oil, canvas, and cardboard. He usually presents still lifes and several portraits and interior scenarios. His works highlight a partial abstract rendition, mainly emphasizing patterns and forms while flattening out the space in his compositions. He best describes his art as a visual diary. Here’s a compilation of his famous artworks. 

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. 

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—Jonas Wood

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