John W WoodOakland, CA
I am searching for the sublime—the moments when an image, a sound, an emotion transport me. My interests are in the sensual, seductive qualities in life and I try to convey these ideas through my work.
Images often come to me from observing nature. I am touched by the delicate change of fading blossoms, moved by the almost painful intensity of a Mahler symphonic line and mesmerized by the beauty of a partner’s body.
I watch for those times when my work becomes as powerful and poetic as the world around me and capable of touching me as deeply.
John Wood followed his passion for art through high school and undergraduate studies in Utah, and went on to earn his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He has since lived and worked in New York City, Utah, Florida, Michigan, and California.
In addition to producing his own art, he has inspired many through independent mural projects with children of all ages in Utah, New York and California. He has taught at Cranbrook Academy Museum, through the NEA Artist-in-Education Program, and as head of the fine arts department at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City.
The San Francisco Bay Area has been John's home for the past 10+ years and making art continues to be, even more than ever, the central focus of his life and he regularly exhibits his work throughout Northern California, among other locals.
John Wood has been represented in California by: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, Big Pagoda Company, Oakopolis Creativity Center, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, K.Imperial Fine Art, and Hyde Street Gallery. A review by Kenneth Baker (SF Chronicle) of a recent one-person exhibit at Hyde Street Gallery can be read at sfgate. In Salt Lake City he is represented by Phillips Gallery and in Denver by Space Gallery.