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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

    continued...

    JS You grew up around Boston. Did you go to museums when you were young?
    Which ones did you like?
    JW Well, certainly the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I was interested in figuration
    and I tried to paint or draw the figure, but I was never really accurate. The modern
    masters were interesting because they had created their own language in figuration.
    I remember seeing a lot of Alexander Calder and a lot of art from Asia, like Japanese
    scrolls. My father was an architect and my mother was a drama teacher. We went to a lot
    of interesting buildings, like Walter Gropius’s house. We went to the [Isabella Stewart]
    Gardner Museum and the deCordova [Sculpture Park and] Museum, and my parents
    would take us to New York, where we would visit MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of
    Art and the Whitney. And because my grandfather collected, I grew up with art. That
    was kind of a big deal for me. He had a giant Francis Bacon painting, Picasso prints
    and Calder drawings. My parents had Andy Warhol’s pink and green cow prints, which
    felt important, but really it was an open-edition wallpaper that came in a couple of
    different colors. We had this downstairs all 18 years that I lived in my parents’ house.
    And we had Matisse prints, editions from the 1940s and ’50s.

    We haven’t really talked about it, but in the last couple of years, you helped me start
    my own print house, WKS Editions. We were thinking about setting up a whole silkscreen
    studio, and then realized that it’s probably best to find people who are excellent at this,
    who we could—not collaborate with—but outsource the work to. So now we are working
    with Kevin Giffen and Daniel Wlazlak. Kevin was Jeff Wasserman’s apprentice. In the last
    year we’ve been making very detailed prints, around 30 colors, of red Matisse pots.
    We’re recreating works of mine that already exist, but making hybrid versions with more
    immediate drawing on top.

    JS Well, one of the great things about printmaking is that you can edit. You can
    add and subtract.
    JW Exactly. So it’s perfect because now we’ve started to work with them, and
    we can use their studio to make my prints. The only thing that I had to set up
    was the etching studio, and I started working with your apprentice Sam Gessow.
    That was when you and I decided to work together and you became my spiritual
    and professional printmaking guru.

    There’s not a lot of young people making prints. And I like the idea of establishing
    that for myself, but also hopefully for other people in the future as time goes on,
    so I can do the same thing for a young artist that Ruscha did for me.

  • 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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Matisse Pot 1; Matisse Pot 2; and Matisse Pot 3

2017-18
Three screenprints in colors, on Rising museum board, the full sheets.
all S. 27 1/2 x 28 in. (69.9 x 71.1 cm)
All signed, dated and two numbered 'PP 1' and one numbered 'AP 2/10' in pencil (printer's proofs and an artist's proof, the edition was 50), published by WKS (Wood Kusaka Studios), Los Angeles, California, all unframed.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $81,250

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New York Auction 17 October 2018