Jonas Wood's works, in theory, are fairly straightforward. They are representational paintings of the spaces he inhabits, from his artist studio to his living room. Yet the subject's proximity to familiarity is what makes Wood's paintings so bizarre.
Wood, a Boston transplant living in California, received a BA in psychology before tackling his MFA in painting. The young artist is able to reference art history and channels a bit of the "Unheimliche" to create off-kilter works: he hints at Henri Matisse's knack for color and shape, Pablo Picasso's mischievous cubism and David Hockney's dreamy suburban subject matter. His works radiate with a sincere interest in the stuff art is made of: geometry, perspective, color and the uncanny.