Jonas Wood 1977 – Present

Jonas Wood in his studio with the family dog, Robot, 2019
The New York Times Magazine. Credit: Chantal Anderson

The clean lines and bold colors in the paintings and prints of Jonas Wood have made his works some of the most sought after in the art world.

The LA-based artist’s work has been in high demand in the U.S., Europe and, especially, in Asia. He gets much of his inspiration from the environment he lives and works in, and from the pottery that his wife, artist Shio Kusaka, creates in the studio that they share.

Jonas Wood
Jacket designed in collaboration with Jeff Hamilton to honor Kobe Bryant, 2021

Wood has been commissioned to create textile designs for Dior and other fashion houses. His latest project is a one-of-a-kind jacket to honor Kobe Bryant. The jacket won’t be sold. It’s going to be given away as a tribute to the philanthropic works that Bryant was known for.

LA-based company, Advisory Board Crystals, commissioned the jacket, which will be given away next month. To win the jacket, entrants must follow @advisoryboardcrystals on Instagram, tag a friend and perform a “random act of kindness,” the proof of which must be emailed to studio@advisoryboardcrystals.com.

Alex Katz 1927 – Present

We compete for audiences, as artists. I’m competing with the Abstract Expressionist guys, I’ll knock ‘em off the wall. If you put my work next to an aggressive A.E. painting, I’ll eat most of ‘em up. And I want to compete with the kids. I’m there with the kids.
– Alex Katz

Alex Katz, 1977
Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist

In 1977, the year Jonas Wood was born, Alex Katz had turned 50. He had bucked all the popular art trends of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and found (and stuck with) his unique style of painting.

Alex Katz Times Square Mural, 1977

Jonas Wood names Alex Katz as one of the post-modern painters who has influenced his work. It is easy to see, in the clean lines and bold colors, the influence of Katz’s work in Wood’s paintings.

At 93, Katz is holding his own alongside younger artists like Wood. He currently has solo shows in New York, Paris and Vienna and upcoming shows in 2022 are scheduled in Spain, the Netherlands, Japan and the U.S.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Jonas Wood, Alex Katz or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at VFA.


References:
Eric Twardzik. A Cult Streetwear Brand Is Giving Away a One-of-a-Kind Jacket Honoring Kobe Bryant. Robb Report. January 27, 2021.
11 things we learned from Jonas Wood’s new interview. Phaidon. 2018.
Lou Stoppard. Alex Katz: the ‘artist of the immediate’ on why his time is now. Financial Times. November 2, 2020.
Emma Brockes. Interview: Alex Katz: “The smartest people bought my work’. The Guardian. October 29, 2018.