Okinawa, Japan, 1976
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Jonas Wood (American, b. 1977) is a Boston-born and Los Angeles-based American artist who weaves the essence of 20th-century modern traditions into his own hard-edged, quasi-abstract cutout style. His autobiographical work explores aspects of contemporary American life by crossing multiple figurative genres that include portrait, still life, landscape, and architecture. Wood’s media ranges from drawing, painting, collages, watercolors, and murals. He explores with form and style with radical space manipulation and fractured planes, while simultaneously delving into highly conceptual ideas by reinvigorating an interest in the everyday things that are often overlooked. The artist paints interiors, potted plants and vessels, fish tanks, and more. They are presented in a flat, graphic style partially inspired by the work of Japan-born ceramist Shio Kusaka, his studio partner and wife. His work is featured in major collections such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and has consistently participated in exhibitions at important institutions such as the Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and de la Cruz Collection, Miami.