Katherine Bernhardt – 1975
Our most recent acquisition by Katherine Bernhardt is a sweet homage that she did for the city where she studied, worked and played before returning to her home town.
Bernhardt was born in Clayton, Missouri. After getting her BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago, she moved to New York, where she received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and set up a studio in Brooklyn. Her career took off. Not only has Bernhardt’s work been exhibited internationally, but her work is often auctioned for higher than estimated.
The whimsical, colorful works that Bernhardt creates have not only gotten her many international exhibitions, but also collaborations with fashion houses. This year she created the cover for Vogue Italia, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Chanel No.5.
In 2019, Bernhardt moved back to St. Louis. She said that she wanted to help her parents (she moved back into her childhood bedroom) and create a studio for herself and a showcase for local artists. She bought three buildings in midtown St. Louis. She uses one (which had formerly been an auto body shop) as a studio and gallery, one for storing artworks and the third is being renovated.
Our recent acquisition I Love NY, is a lithograph that Bernhardt created this year. It is a tribute to the city that she called home for more than twenty years.
Jonas Wood 1977 –
Jonas Wood’s works have continued to break auction records. In May, his Two Tables with Floral Pattern painting broke its $2-4 million estimate when it sold for $6.5million at Christie’s.
Our recent acquisitions of his works exemplify the basis of his process, which consists of drawing and painting the world around him. “You could call [my work] a visual diary or even a personal history.” he said. “I’m not going to paint something that doesn’t have anything to do with me. Of all of the possible things I could paint, the thing that interests me is something that I can get close enough to in order to paint it honestly.”
Much of his subject matter can be found in the home and studio that he shares with his wife, sculptor Shio Kusaka, and their children, in Culver City, California.
Wood works magic with his flat style and bold colors. His style also achieves masterful results in black and white, as seen in the etching Pattern couch Interior with Mar Vista View, available at VFA.
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Megan Mertz. National artist Katherine Bernhardt’s Midtown studio was once an auto shop. St. Louis Magazine. May 6, 2021.
Eli Hill. Katherine Bernhardt: Houses. The Brooklyn Rail. July-August 2018.
Artspace. Jonas Wood breaks auction record at Christie’s. May 13, 2021.
Priscilla Frank. Jonas Wood Invites You Into His Colorful, Warped Painted Interiors. Huffpost. September 30, 2013.