Brian Wood

About the Artist

Brian Wood launched his artistic practice as a painter before moving on to photography. He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1948 and raised on a farm in central Saskatchewan. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1969. A short time later he moved to New York City and began painting. During the next few years he traveled and worked in Europe. He then returned to New York, and while working as a studio assistant to two painters, studied for a Master of Arts degree at Hunter College.

While studying there, Wood met filmmaker, photographer and pioneer  digitalA system of representing images or objects through numbers. These numbers can then be re-interpreted by another digital system to generate light and sound.  artist Hollis Frampton and became interested in film. He also met Canadian artist and filmmaker Michael Snow, and worked as a crew member on one of Snow’s films. Wood later made his own films, in 1974-75.

Wood continued his explorations in various media, including his first works constructed of multiple photographs, made in 1976. In a 1994 interview Wood said he was very interested in the montage technique – the putting together of smaller pieces, such as images – to create something new.

“As a painter I was interested in entering an image in a non-linear fashion and I found that in film there was always that beginning, middle and end – which was frustrating,” Wood said. “I preferred an image that you could contemplate over a longer period of time and enter at will. That’s how I began working with still images.”

Wood’s work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums in Canada, the United States and Europe. Many of his photographic works are in the permanent  collectionTo collect is to accumulate objects. A collection is an accumulation of objects. A collector is a person who makes a collection. (Artlex.com)  of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wood has also lectured in photography at Yale University. He currently splits his time between residences in New York and France.


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