Dallas

Jonas Wood, Jungle Kitchen, 2017, oil and acrylic on canvas, 100 × 93".

Jonas Wood

Dallas Museum of Art

Jonas Wood’s first major solo museum exhibition happened to coincide with a showing of seventy works by the Impressionist Berthe Morisot. On the surface, the two artists’ paintings are very different, but in fact their congruence is strong. Like Morisot, Wood depicts sentimental scenes of domestic life with family, friends, pets, and houseplants. Yet Wood’s banal, recognizable subjects are often made to feel extraordinary through a colorful profusion of visual information and ornamentation, and a palette associated with a certain Southern California light, also found in the upbeat paintings of David Hockney. The resulting images are pleasing, even comforting, in their thematic plainness. His paint-by-numbers approach can at times feel predictable, even stodgy. The portraits are especially clunky. In most cases, the renderings of faces and bodies are unduly stiff and lack any countervailing

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