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  • Catalogue Essay

    Jonas Wood interviewed by master printer Jacob Samuel, from "Nonstop: Jonas Wood Speaks
    with Jacob Samuel", Art in Print, vol. 8, no. 1, 2018

    I’ve also started to collect prints and look at prints, and see how other people have made
    prints—I just got this Lichtenstein print, a brushstroke one. And when I started examining it,
    I discovered how amazing it was that he could translate his work so directly into printmaking.
    So yes, it really opens up—a few years after we started I realized that drawing had always
    informed my painting; then I saw how collage had informed it. But once printmaking entered
    the equation, that also started informing my painting and vice versa. Even when thinking
    about the process of making a painting, I started taking cues from printmaking and putting
    them back into paintings.

    JW Collaborating with Jean Milant at Cirrus in 2009 was my
    real first experience making a set of editions with a print house. I had been
    in a three-person show at his gallery in 2006. I didn’t know much about him
    then, but I went to his gallery and realized that he had made all of this amazing
    stuff with artists I love, like Ed Ruscha and Baldessari and…
    JS Joe Goode…
    JW Chris Burden…
    JS To me, Jean Milant is the great unsung hero of Los Angeles printmaking.
    He doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
    JW We printed all the birds and the birdcages and then I hand-drew all of the
    details of the birds on each one. That was 2011, and then in 2014 I merged a
    collage concept with lithography to make cutout photos of landscape pots with
    silkscreen plants “growing” out of them. I had never used photolithography, I’d
    always used lithography for drawing (though in my first set with Jean, we used
    the impression of wood grain to make a floor plane). We have made other
    things since then. It’s like he said, “You can’t stop.”

  • Artist Biography

    Jonas Wood

    American • 1977

    Boston-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jonas Wood is best known for his colorful, semi-abstract interior scenes and still-lifes. Both in style and subject matter, Wood evokes the work of his predecessors Henri Matisse, Alex Katz and David Hockney. The artist is known to produce paintings, prints, collages and even sculptures with the help of his wife, ceramicist Shio Kusaka. 

    One of Wood’s more distinctive motifs is his repeated use of flattened vase-like forms, often featuring self-contained narratives against a more neutral background. The artist received his MFA from the University of Washington in 2002, and his work can be found in the collections of major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney and the Guggenheim.

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The complete set of four lithographs and screenprint in colors, on Coventry Rag paper, with full margins.
all I. various sizes
all S. 48 x 37 1/8 in. (121.9 x 94.3 cm)

All signed, dated and numbered 33/50 in pencil, published by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles (with their blindstamp), all framed.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $112,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 17 October 2018