Jonas Wood - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, January 17, 2024 | Phillips
  • “You could call [my work] a visual diary or even a personal history. I’m not going to paint anything that doesn’t have anything to do with me… The thing that interests me is something that I can get close enough to in order to paint it honestly.”
    —Jonas Wood

    Within his compositions of interior scenes, Jonas Wood explores the human imprints on domestic environments by illustrating the remnants left by individuals in their surroundings. Through clutter and lived-in qualities, these artworks emanate familiarity, capturing a sense of those who exist within these spaces. Kitchen Interior’s composition follows its namesake, portraying the wood grain cabinets and yellow tiles of a kitchen. An open cupboard allows a glimpse into the owner’s belongings, and fruit, vegetables and potted plants are scattered across the kitchen surface. Storytelling is central to Wood's compositions in a manner reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings, in which objects from daily life are imbued with greater symbolic meaning. In a similar way, Kitchen Interior presents a seemingly casual arrangement of objects, inviting viewers to unravel the story embedded within. Despite the absence of human figures, the bright hues breathe life into the work, evoking a warm sense of nostalgia for home and the everyday.  


    Left: Willem Joseph Laquy, The Kitchen, c. 1760 – 1771, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Image: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Gift of A. Bredius, The Hague
    Right: Utagawa Yoshikazu, Inside a Foreign Restaurant, 1860, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005, 2007.49.153

    Wood’s upbringing saw him surrounded by influential artworks through his grandfather's extensive collection. Included were the works of notable artists such as Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, and Larry Rivers. Collectively they contributed to his interest and knowledge of art and influenced his own artistic practice. Additionally, Wood finds inspiration in the works of Japanese woodblock prints, evident in his graphic rendering of form and perspective. Inspiration additionally stems from the artist’s cultivated collection of photographs sourced from holidays, everyday life, interior design magazines, and contributions from friends. Wood’s artistic process involves cutting and collaging these images, creating drawings, and at times, deconstructing sketches to forge new collages. This approach results in the distinctive collage-like compositions marked by overlapping flat forms. In Kitchen Interior, geometry, pattern, and vibrant colour are utilised to craft a graphic illustration that allows the viewer an insight into a mysterious individual’s domestic life. 

    • Provenance

      Private Collection
      Acquired directly from the above by the present owner


Kitchen Interior

Screenprint in colours, on Rising museum board, the full sheet.
S. 122.6 x 80.4 cm (48 1/4 x 31 5/8 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered 21/60 in white pencil (there were also 14 artist's proofs), published by WKS Editions, Los Angeles, framed.

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£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £20,320

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 17 - 18 January 2024