JUSTIN WOOD

American  B. 1982

BIOGRAPHY


"I believe strongly in direct observation from life. It's an important part of the painting experience and aesthetic. Committing to traditional working methods connects you to the larger culture of art and gives you the opportunity to produce work with the look and feel of the old masters" - Justin Wood

B. 1982 Doyleston, PA; currently resides in Forest Hills, NY

 

A contemporary classical painter, Justin Wood studied illustration at the College of Visual Arts at Syracuse University and classical technique with Jacob Collins at Grand Central Atelier in New York City. Drawing inspiration from the great works of Caravaggio and Rembrandt, Wood’s oil paintings demonstrate his rigorous draftsmanship, but it is his use of chiaroscuro and tactility that give way to a distinct and alluring beauty in his work.

 

Equally adept at the art of portraiture and figure painting, Wood has turned his attention to still life painting of which he excels: "I'm trying to create scenes with well-crafted objects, says Wood, that are pleasant to look at and create a decorative ensemble.” Wood's invented world of light, artifact and nature resonate a calm stability, an atmosphere of meditative silence. With motifs similar to those used by seventeenth century, Dutch still life painters, Wood’s tabletop arrangements present the viewer with an ordered world where man and nature dwell in harmony. Receptacles of pewter, copper and silver coexists with figs, plums, peeling lemons and other edibles, each work owing its cohesion to the manner in which light is bathed around each object.

 

Justin Wood is currently represented by galleries in New York and Massachusetts. His work has been featured in a number of art fairs and exhibitions throughout the United States. Wood teaches cast drawing and painting at the Grand Central Atelier and currently lives and maintains his professional studio in New York.

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

2011 Water Street Atelier

2009 Hudson River Fellowship

2005 Syracuse University, BFA Illustration

 

TEACHING

2010- Present:  Instructor at Grand Central Academy of Art

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016    Arranging Nature: Still Life Paintings, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007   The Holiday Show, Anderson Fine Art Gallery

2008   The Water Street Atelier, The Meredith Long & Company

2008   Jacob Collins and the Water Street Atelier, Atlanta Art Gallery

2011   Frame Factory & Gallery

2012   Phillips Mill Annual Art Exhibition, PMCA Award in honor of Pat and Bruce Hamilton

2013   Chicago International Antique and Fine Art Fair, Rehs Galleries

2013   Avenue Antique, Art and Design Show, Rehs Galleries

2013   Spring Show NYC, Rehs Galleries

2013   Affordable Art Fair, Rehs Galleries

2013   Newport Antiques Show, Rehs Galleries

2013   Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show, Rehs Galleries

2013   Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, Rehs Galleries

2014   LA Art Show - Rehs Galleries

2014   Naples Art, Antique and Jewelry Show - Rehs Galleries

2014   Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show - Rehs Galleries

2014   The Still Life: Mundane to the Sublime - Haynes Galleries

2014   The Classic Man - Simie Maryles Gallery

2014   The New York Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show - Rehs Galleries

2014   Phillips Mill Art Exhibition - Phillips Mill

2014   Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show - Rehs Galleries,

2014   The Grand Central Atelier Inaugural Group Show - Eleventh Street Arts

2014   Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

2015   The LA Art Show - Rehs Galleries

2015    Mid August Exhibition: Group Show, Orleans, MA

2015    Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA

2016    Summer Salon, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

2016    Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

 

Awards

2012  Phillips Mill PMCA Award in honor of Pat and Bruce Hamilton

2014  Finalist, International 2013/2014 ARC Salon

2014  Second Place, Grand Central Academy of Art Still Life Competition

 

Justin Wood  (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)