Kitchen with Aloe Plant, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 x 78 inches
Blue Hitman Hearns, 2012; oil and acrylic on linen; 33 x 23 inches
Manute, 2014; oil and acrylic on canvas; 120 x 48 inches
Birds Card, 2005; colored pencil and crayon on paper; 30 x 22 inches
Influenced by his potter wife, this is Wood riffing on ancient Greek vases.
I like Jonas Woodâ€™s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes.
I like his pictures even more since I discovered his sports card portraits. A generation of children seems to have been left alone to spend art class copying photographs of their sports and TV heroes with Biros. Wood must have done that too, but he also grew up in a family with lots of art around. Heâ€™s found a way to turn that flat, dead, weird teenage style into something worth looking at. And he draws his life fondly, as a diary. Itâ€™s a bit like Hockney (interesting recent interview with whom here) – without the fantastic draftsmanship, but a 21st-century digital-grunge eye.