Selected works by Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood
Rosy's Masks

2008

Oil on linen

259 x 191 cm
Jonas Wood’s paintings of contemporary American life blur the boundaries of figuration and abstraction. In Rosy’s Masks, an interior scene dissembles into a myriad of shapes, colours, and geometric patterns, their quiet formal tension setting the tone for Wood’s suburban subject matter. Using the domestic as a departure point for escapism, the claustrophobic composition expands into the internal space of daydream, with the muddied tv screen and stylised furnishings set like stage props against a backdrop of hallucinogenic jungly wallpaper. Giving nod to historical precedent, the masks and tabular design evoke connotation to Picasso’s
primitivism and surrealism.
Jonas Wood
Untitled (M.V. Landscape)

2008

Oil on canvas

305 x 396 cm
Wood’s painting are influenced by a serious engagement with art history that ranges from cubism to pop art, and are most notable for their reconsideration of the golden era of 20th century American painting, drawing comparison to artists such as Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, and Stuart Davis. Working almost exclusively from life studies, sketches and collaged mock-ups, Wood’s distinctively humble aesthetic creates a disorienting sense of space. Translating the three dimensional world to the flatness of the picture plane with concentrated faithfulness, Untitled (M.V. Landscape)’s off-kilter perspective and vivid interpretation of colour transform small town idyll into a cosmopolitan abstraction with cinematographic ambience.
Jonas Wood
Untitled (Downstairs)

2009

Oil on canvas

194.3 x 137.2 cm
Jonas Wood
The Hypnotist

2011

Oil and acrylic on canvas

274 x 427 cm
Jonas Wood
Untitled (Red And Pink On Tan)

2009

Oil on linen

190.5 x 122 cm
Jonas Wood
Untitled (Big Yellow Dot)

2009

Oil on linen

188 x 132 cm

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images – Jonas Wood

artnet.com
Various images and additional information – Jonas Wood

antonkerngallery.com
Representing gallery for Jonas Wood

nytimes.com
Jonas Wood’s paintings remind you that originality starts with sincerity of a high order. It has nothing to do with the irony-versus-no-irony dichotomy, which is false, or at least greatly exaggerated. Even ironists have to seriously mean what they do to be effective.

shanecampbellgallery.com
Shane Campbell – works by Jonas Wood and links to various press articles