American, 1977 –
Jonas Wood was born in 1977 in Boston. His parents were in creative careers and his grandfather collected art. Wood thought he would be a doctor as child, but the influence of creativity growing up won out and he found his passion. He received a B.A. in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and then went on to study art and receive his M.F.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle. After school he moved to Los Angeles.
Wood is known for painting sports figures and scenes, landscapes and still lifes. He is also known for his interior scenes of places he has lived. Jonas Wood once explained to Architectural Digest, “I’m interested in exploring the spaces that I’ve inhabited and the psychological impact they’ve had on me and my memories of them,…And then I can create a new memory of that space.” The subjects of his works are personal. He paints from his own life’s experiences and influences.
His style has both a Modernist and Pop Art feel with color playing a central role. Jonas Wood often uses photographs that he takes himself and other source images to plan his paintings. He creates numerous sketches and often uses parts of them in collage to get the competition right. He begins with under-painting of large shapes of colors and builds layers upon that base. Some paintings are almost abstracted planes of color and others are heavily patterned.
Jonas Wood still lives and works in L.A.