Jonas Wood was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. He graduated with a BA in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1999 and an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2002.
A critic once described Wood as working “with one foot in Modernist cool and the other in vibrant Pop Art”. His subjects feel comforting and familiar – portraits of his friends and family, interior scenes, and still lifes – and are rendered in bright, flat colors, emphasizing the patterns and forms of the people and objects. His works have a quality of simple sincerity to them, unaffected by excessive imagery or complex background information. Through the process of painting interior spaces familiar to him and exploring their psychological impact, he says that he creates new memories associated with them, commenting on the relationship between the mind and physical spaces.
Wood’s works have been featured in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Gagosian Gallery (multiple locations), and Anton Kern Gallery (New York), and can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Saatchi Gallery (London), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He lives and works in Los Angeles.