Jonas Wood (American, b. 1977) is a Los Angeles based-artist. His paintings are most notable for their reconsideration of the golden era of 20th century American painting, drawing fine comparisons to artists such as Edward Hopper. Linda Yablonsky from the New York Times Style Magazine has said that, “Wood has one foot in Modernist cool and the other in vibrant Pop Art.” He paints what is around him in daily life, from basketball players to living rooms, and tries to preserve the beauty he sees in these subjects and share it with the viewer.
Jonas Wood was born in 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1999 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York, and received his M.F.A. in 2002 from the University of Washington, Seattle. Murals and solo exhibitions include “Primitives: Chris Caccamise and Jonas Wood,” Cereal Art, Philadelphia (2007); “Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); “Clippings,” Lever House Art Collection, New York (2013–14); “Shelf Still Life,” High Line Art, Friends of the High Line, New York (2014); LA><ART Facade, Los Angeles (2014); and “Still Life with Two Owls,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016). Wood’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Broad, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.