Jonas Wood 1977 – present
Jonas Wood is one of America’s finest contemporary artists. His use of stylized shapes and bold color make his works instantly recognizable.
Wood has been living and working (and quarantining) in the Los Angeles studio that he shares with his wife, sculptor Shio Kusaka and their two daughters.
Bromeliad, a recent acquisition at VFA, is a screenprint that combines the shapes and colors that define Woods’ work. Pattern Couch Interior with Mar Vista View is more unusual. Done as a soft ground etching, a technique that was invented in the mid-18th century and became less popular as modern lithography techniques were enhanced. Wood has softened his lines and omitted his signature colors to create a stunning combination interior, landscape and still life.
Jonas Wood’s work is included in the permanent collections of many institutions, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Fundación Jumex in Mexico City, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Kenny Scharf 1958 – present
The work of Kenny Scharf, like the artist himself, is quirky and fun.
Scharf first came onto the art scene during the 1980s in New York, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His wild colors and patterns have been part of his style, so the recently acquired Flores Black sculpture is unique to Scharf’s oeuvre.
A documentary about the artist, Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide, is scheduled to be released in theaters and on digital platforms across the country next month. The documentary was directed by his daughter, Malia Scharf and co-director Max Basch. It was filmed over a period of eleven years.
“I felt inspired by a fantasy and nostalgia of a time and place I’d only ever heard about yet somehow had been surrounded by my entire life.” Malia said, “I dreamt of meeting a community of artists whom I would deeply connect with and find myself the way that Kenny and his friends had. This, as well as my fathers incredibly special and obsessive need to live and breathe his art in every way. Nothing remained untouched from our toaster to our TV.”
Kenny Scharf was born and raised in LA. He moved to Manhattan, earning a B.F.A. in painting at the School of Visual Arts in 1980. Scharf moved between the east and west coast for years, but has been spending more time in LA in recent years.
Scharf’s works are in the permanent collection of the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Monterrey, Mexico, the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Sogetsu Museum inTokyo, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Katya Kazakina. Basketball, Poker Propel Painter to Pinnacle of the Art World. Bloomberg. March 21, 2019.
Madison Nagle. The Meteoric Rise of Jonas Wood, Presented by T1. OceanDrive. April 29, 2019.
Alina Cohen. How Jonas Wood Got His Start as an Artist. Artsy. June 28, 2019.
Neha Aziz. Explore the Life of Kenny Scharf – SXSW Filmmaker In Focus. SXSW Online. February 17, 2020.
Dray Ramos. Greenwich Entertainment Acquires SXSW Docu ‘Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide’. Deadline. February 23, 2021.
Fred Lambert. Tesla Model X with over 400,000 miles gets turned into a piece of art by Kenny Scharf. Electrek. March 18, 2021.