Wood’s process begins with drawing a live model or nature scene. By aggregating line work with broad passages of color, the composition becomes subsumed in expressive markings until the work alludes to the original idea symbolically rather than through representation. The abstract and sensuously complex paintings are created with oil and graphite on paper that is mounted to wood panel and varnished with cold wax.


Cranbrook Academy of Art University of Utah

Bloomfield Hills, MI Salt Lake City, UT

M.F.A., 1974 – Painting B.F.A., 1971, cum laude



2018 GLOW, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Shine, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA

Best of 2017, Space Gallery, Denver, CO


2017 Small Works, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

City of Emeryville CA Purchase Award, Emeryville Permanent Collection

Unintended Consequences, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Art 4 AIDS Auction, San Francisco, CA

555 Callifornia Street, Arthaus/Casey & Associats, San Francisco, CA

Panel Discussion-3 painters, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA

ArtMRKT San Francisco, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA

48 Pillars, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA

20th Anniversary Exhibit, Arthaus, San Francisco, CA

Best of 2016, Space Gallery, Denver, CO


2016 The Lake / John W Wood, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA

John W Wood; Live Painting, Oakopolis Gallery, Oakland, CA

One Plus One, Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

Out of Many, One, US Embassy, Zagreb, Croatia

ArtMRKT San Francisco, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA

4X4, Montclair Gallery, Oakland, CA

The Great Exhibition, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA


2015 John Wood / Look Again, LuckyLo Gallery, Jack London Sq, Oakland, CA

Luster, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

Abstract Perfection, ArtsBrookfield, 1801 California, Denver, CO

Exposed, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA

Nature’s Line, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

ArtMRKT San Francisco, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA


2014 Two Boys at Play, Ligne Roset San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Large Vision / Small Work, 555 California Street Concourse, San Francisco, CA

Flora & Form, Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

Verge, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

Considering Orange / John Wood, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA


2013 John Wood, Avenue 64 Gallery, Emeryville, CA

John W Wood at DOMAIN Gallery, BayVAN Exhibits, Oakland, CA

Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

Love Show, Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA


2012 John Wood & Cuong Ta, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Drawn From Life: John Wood & Vita Wells, Montclair Gallery, Oakland, CA

  City Hall Exhibition: From the Art & Soul Festival, Oakland, CA

Focus on the Figure, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

His, Mine, Ours: Cuong Ta & John Wood, Oakopolis Gallery, Oakland, CA


2011 John Wood: Considering Eden, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Shattered!, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

Art of the Line, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA


2010 John Wood at SFMOMA Caffe Museo, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

The Gift of Art, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA


2009 John Wood, Hyde Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Painting From a Deeper Place, Oakopolis Gallery, Oakland, CA

  Exploring Earth Days, Oakopolis Gallery, Oakland, CA


2008 John W Wood, Doyle Street Gallery, Emeryville, CA

What Is A Book, Oakopolis Gallery, Oakland, CA


2006 John Wood / Simple Pleasures, Phillips Gallery, SLC, UT

Two Painters, Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  Plus 3, Jamestown Pacific Place Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2005 John Wood, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Yeaning Lines Growing, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2004 John Wood / Past, Present, Gallery 940, Berkeley, CA

Untitled, Hollis Street Project, Emeryville, CA


2003 Function of Emotion, Phillips Gallery, SLC, UT


2001 Show-One, Hayward Arts Council, Hayward City Hall, Hayward, CA


1997 Monoprints-One Press, Finch Lane Gallery, SLC, UT


1994 Conversations/John Wood, Loge Gallery, University of Utah, SLC, UT


1993 Good Company / Lee Deffebach & Friend, Phillips Gallery, SLC, UT

Intimate Views, Salt Lake Art Center, SLC, UT


1990 New Portraits, Salt Lake Art Center, Sal SLC, UT


1989 John W Wood, Saint Paul’s School, Clearwater, FL


1985 New York City Subways / John Wood, Univercity of Delaware, Newark, DE


1981 John W Wood, Gittens Memorial Gallery, University of Utah, SLC, UT



2017 Residency, Jentel Artist Residency Program, Jentel Foundation, Banner, WY

 John Wood-IN RESIDENCE, What Happens Next…Oakopolis, Oakland, CA            

             Artist-in-Residence, Eastman Lane Studios, Petaluma, CA


2016      Artist-in-Residence, Oakopolis Creativity Center, Oakland, CA


2015      Residency/retreat, Morris Graves Foundation, Loleta, CA


2013      10-day Silent Retreat, Northern CA Vipassana Center, Kelseyville, CA


1994-97 Artist-in-Residence--Mural Projects, Washington Elementary School, SLC, UT


1995      Artist-in-Residence--Utah Centennial Mural Project

             Libbie Edward Elementary School, SLC, UT


1992-94 Artist-in-Residence--Mural Project, Indian Hills Elementary School, SLC, UT


1989-91 Artist-in-Residence--Mural Projects, Hillside Intermediate School, SLC, UT


1989      Artist-in-Residence, Saint Paul's School, Clearwater, FL


1987      Summer Residency, Long Island University, Southampton, NY


1982‑83 Co‑Director and Artist‑in‑Residence, Art/Movement Experience, SLC, UT


1976      Artist‑in‑Residence, Artists‑in‑the‑Schools,

             Judge Memorial


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