Jonas Wood (b. 1977, Boston, MA)’s practice encompasses multiple genres through piecing together and layering a collage of personal memories and experiences, sports, places, people, heroes, and art objects. In 2020, Wood worked with RxART to create joyfully designed privacy curtains that were installed in both the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as well as the Emergency Department at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. In 2013, RxART created an exclusive Jonas Wood 30×40 silkscreen print, entitled Clipping. The artist’s work is also featured in RxART Coloring Book Between the Lines, Vol. 5.
Wood’s process begins with collecting source material, much of which consists of personal photographs and drawings. Starting with abstract blocks of colors on canvas, Wood continues to layer forms, and patterns of intricate detail, flattening both the figure and the spatial environment. His vibrant and layered compositions are reminiscent of artists like David Hockney and Henri Matisse. Wood’s Facetime Doodle series is inspired by drawings made by his children. The doodles range from personal to everyday objects and iconography. Wood received his BA in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington. Wood’s work is included in public collections such as Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. Wood was born in Boston and lives and works in Los Angeles.