Brian Wood is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC: the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX; the New York Public Library: the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario; the Davis Museum, Wellesley; the Tampa Museum of Art; Asheville Art Museum, NC; the Montreal Museum of Fine Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal; Mendel Art Gallery, SK; Kamloops Art Gallery, BC; The Canada Council Art Bank; Concordia Art Gallery, Montreal; the Museum of Modern Art in Prague; and others. His works are exhibited internationally and are held in numerous public and private collections.

Wood's awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, numerous Canada Council Grants including an "A" Grant, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Wood is working primarily with painting and graphite drawing. Throughout his career, Wood has been immersed in questions about processes of consciousness and ontology, the mystery of intense images arising to awareness and being, and their complex relationship with and away from time. Broadening this inquiry, while still rooted in his primary medium of painting, he has explored other media and is accomplished in film, photography, drawing, print-making, and cross-bred hybrids. Each medium generates different yet complex relationships to time and radically different experiences of space/form. All Wood’s images are connected by the daemon driving their emergence, but his curiosity and extensive investigation into different media, each with its own concrete and metaphorical differences, both perceptual and psychic, have contributed to the particular experience of Wood’s current paintings.

As described by Holland Cotter in his review in The New York Times (3/14/14) of Brian Wood’s solo exhibition Enceinte, “…[Wood] creates a kind of Symbolist world in which emerging into life and being devoured by it are part of the same inexorable process. ... the erotic and the spiritual are of a piece.”

Born and raised on the prairies of northern Saskatchewan, before coming to New York when he was 19, Wood's early imaginative experience was formed in harsh land, severe weather, and the life and death cycles of animals, crops, and wilderness. Wood's childhood on the farm, his absorption there in both nature and books, and his later studies in physics and mathematics combine with his fascination and close attention to the shifting boundaries of body, sexuality, and awareness itself. From these inquiries, and seeing into his arising inner images, come the form and obsessions of his work.



Museum Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Brooklyn Museum, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, New York
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Davis Museum, Wellesley
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa
Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina
Ludwig Museum, Cologne
Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague
Museum of Modern Art, Prague
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ont.
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask.
Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC
The Canada Council Artbank, Ottawa
Concordia Art Gallery, Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal

Solo Exhibitions

2017    Cross Contemporary Gallery, Saugerties, NY
            Poets Robert Kelly and Charles Stein read to "Brian Wood: Paintings" at Cross Cont.
            No. Six Depot, West Stockbridge (Two-person show with Ashley Garrett)
2014    Enceinte, Church of Saint Paul, New York
            Spin Zero, Novella Gallery, NYC (3-person show, Brian Wood, John Newman, Max Razdow)   
2012    Yace Gallery, New York
            Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY (Two-person exhibition)
2010    Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
2008    Jeannie Freilich Contemporary, New York
            Kreft Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2007    Lesley Heller Gallery, New York
            Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY
            Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2002    Rico Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, New York
2001    Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada
1998    Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
1997    Galerie Brigitte Ihsen, Cologne, Germany
            Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
1996    ACTA Gallery, Rome, Italy
1995    Craig Krull Gallery, Los Angeles
            Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (National Gallery of Canada), Ottawa
            Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst
            Rochester Institute of Technology Gallery, Rochester
1994    Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal
            Taksim Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
            Nev Gallery, Ankara, Turkey
1993    Gandy Gallery, Prague
1992    Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York
1989    Lillian Mauer Contemporary Art, Montreal
1988    Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York
1987    McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Washington DC
1986    McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Washington DC
            John A. Schweitzer Gallery, Montreal
            Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Toronto
1985    Marcuse Pfeiffer Gallery, New York
            Windsor Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada
1984    Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo (Two-person show with Paul Sharits)
            Concordia Art Gallery, Montreal
            McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Houston, TX
1981    Optica Gallery, Montreal
1980    Ydessa (Hendeles) Gallery, Toronto
            University of Alberta, Edmonton
            Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
1979    Galerie Marielle Mailhot, Montreal
            Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
1975    Film Forum, New York
            Collective for Living Cinema, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018     Actually Weird, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY
            Materiality, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
            Spring Break, curated by Max Razdow and Kari Adelaide, New York, NY
2017    Social Photography V, Carriage Trade, New York
            Vive, Honey Ramka Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
            Group exhibition, Church of St Paul, New York
            Warmth of Winter, National Arts Club, New York
            Art Up, Andes, NY
Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY
2016    Sibling Rivalries, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
            Fort, Ess Ef Eff, Brooklyn, NY
            Trio: Augustus Goertz, Marianne van Lent and Brian Wood, Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY
            Something Else, The Painting Center, NY
            Itsy Bitsy Biennale, Green Kill Gallery, Kingston, NY
            Bushwick Tales, Venus Knitting Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
2015    PAUL KLEE, curated by Ashley Garrett and JJ Manford, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY
           Salon Zurcher, Zurcher Gallery, New York, NY (Two-person exhibition with Amy Brener)
           Polysolaris, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
           Paintings in Trees, curated by Ben LaRocco, Linnea Paskow and Ben Pritchard, The People's Garden, Brooklyn, NY
           Improvised Showboat #5, New York, NY, curated by Zach Keeting and Lauren Britton
           Eumetadotos, Novella Gallery, New York, NY
2014    Place Made Visible, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
           Underdonk Selects, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY
           Liberalis, Novella Gallery, New York, NY
           Artists For Ferguson, Temporary Agency, Brooklyn, NY
           Art for Tibet, Tibet House, New York, NY
           Gowanus Studios Group Exhibition, Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013    Beasts and Bodies, “Anchor Artist”, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY
           Le Choix du Coeur, Prague, Gandy Gallery & Galerie35, Prague
           Light as Medium, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
           Marty’s Cool Biennial, Heliopolis, Brooklyn, NY
           Summer Relocation Exhibition, Rico, Brooklyn, NY
           Necessity and Chance, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
           Kamloops Art Gallery 25th Anniversary, Kamloops Art Gallery, BC
2012    Discursive Abstraction: Works on Paper from the 1950’s to the Present, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, NY
           Summer Benefit Exhibition, Kamloops Art Gallery, BC    
2011    25 Years / 25 Artists, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
2010    The Pencil of Nature, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
           New York Studio School Benefit Exhibition, curated by Christina Yang, Bill Jensen, Margit Lewczuk,
           Andrew Mockler    
2009    From the Mississippi to the Hudson, Allen Projects, New York
           Collage Logic, Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield, MA
2008    The Printed Picture, Museum of Modern Art, New York (On view through 2009)
2008    Linear Manifestations, Jeannie Freilich Contemporary, New York
           Crave, UT at Knoxville Gallery, Knoxville, TN
           Collage Logic, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
           Jeannie Freilich Contemporary, Chicago Art Fair Exhibition
           Jeannie Freilich Contemporary, Miami Basel Exhibition   
2007    Crave, Marshall Arts, Memphis,TN
           Works on Paper, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York
           Collage Logic, Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY
           Collage in the Expanded Field, The Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL
2006    Per la Musica 2, Castelluccio di Pienza, La Foce, Chianciano, Italy
           Bomb Magazine Benefit Exhibition, The Park, NYC
2005    Outlook, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
           Picturing Central Park, Time Warner Center, NYC
           Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
           BAMart, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
           The Faculty Show, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, NYC
           Bomb Magazine Benefit Exhibition, The Park, NYC
2004    Hunter Faculty Photography Exhibition, (four person show) Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, NY
           Richard Foreman Benefit Exhibition, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
           Unbroken, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York
2003    Group Exhibition, Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
           Du Collage, Galerie d'Art Stewart Hall, Montreal
2002    Modus Operandi, Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
           Faculty Small Works, Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York
           Collected Views: Works from the Permanent Collection (Stan Douglas, Geoffrey James and Brian
           Wood), Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada
1999    John Szarkowski, A Life in Photography, Museum of Modern Art, film screening (Brian Wood,
           Cinematographer, Lighting Director, and Co-director with Richard B. Woodward of location film)
           My Girlfriend Iris, Karen McCready Gallery, New York
           Recent Acquisitions, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada
1998    La Donation Maurice Forget, Musee d’Art Joliette, Canada
           Artwalk, The Puck Building, New York
           Temps Composes, Maison Hamel-Bruneau, Ville de Sainte-Foy
1997    Documenta X, Walter Konig exhibited "Rolling-Out", Kassel, Germany
            Politics and Faith, 678 Gallery, New York
1996    Blind Spot: The First Four Years, Baldacci Gallery, New York
           The Depiction of Comic Sex in American Art, Binder Gallery, Munich
           Bulletin Board, The Spot, New York
           Drawings, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto
           Intrinsic, Lionheart Gallery, Boston
           Click, Riparte, Rome
1995    The Uninvited, Apex Art, New York:  Three person exhibition curated by Stephen Westfall:  Bill    
           Barrette, Rico Espinet, Brian Wood
           Coups de Coeur, Gandy Gallery, Prague
           Silent Witnesses, Geneva, New York, Paris, Vienna, Tokyo, Nairobi, Santiago, Norway
           The Common Hand, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto
1994    Recent Acquisitions, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles
           Recent Acquisitions, Davis Museum, Wellesley
           Drawing and Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester
           Multiple Visions, Soma Gallery, San Diego
           A Primary Medium: Contemporary Drawings, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica
           Drawing Together, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo
1993    Multiple Images: Photographs since 1965 from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
           Flora and Fauna, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
           New Acquisitions, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa
           Ellis Island, Palazzo Georgio Cini, Ferrara, Italy
           Photographs, La Tranchefile Gallery, Montreal
           Summer Selections, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
           Saltern, installatation at Luma, Santa Monica
           Contemporary American Photographs, Jingshan, Tushuguan, Canton, China
1992-93    Swarm, 1991, purchased & exhibited in the Photography Galleries of Museum of Modern Art
           (Permanent Collection), New York, curated by Peter Galassi
1992    Drawn in the Nineties, Katonah Art Museum, Katonah, NY;  Fine Art Gallery, Indiana University,
           Bloomington, Indiana; Kerr Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama;
           Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts;  Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter,
           NH;  University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego CA
           Beau, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa
           Ecrire la Photographie, Ecole Superieure d’Art et de Design, Reims, France
           Les Boites a Malice, StellaR Gallery, Paris
           Summer Exhibition, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
           Right Foot, San Francisco Airport, San Francisco
1991    Contemporary Landscape Photography from the TMA Collection, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
1990    Ellis Island Project, Ellis Island Museum, New York
1989    Photographs of Invention : American Pictures of the Eighties, Museum of American Art, Washington
           DC;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago;  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
           Sequence(con)Sequence, Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1987    Portraits, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
           Turino Fotografia 1987, Turino, Italy
           Summer Show, Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York
           Right Foot, San Francisco Airport, San Francisco
1986    The Animal in Photography, 1843 - 1985, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
           Taking Liberties, Buffalo, NY; Albany, NY
           Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
           Artists Invite Artists, John A. Schweitzer Gallery, Montreal
           Interiors, Everson Museum, Syracuse; Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, NJ
           Postmarked New York, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
1985    The Figure: An Interpretive Study, Tower Gallery, New York
           Beautiful Photographs, One Penn Plaza Gallery, New York
           Narrativite/Performativite, Optica Gallery, Montreal
           Totems, John A. Schweitzer Gallery, Montreal
           Canada Council ArtBank Exhibition, House of Commons, Ottawa
           The Sensuous Image, Cava Gallery, Philadelphia
           Group Exhibition, Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York
1984   Color Photographs: Recent Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
           Color in the Summer, Brooklyn Museum, New York
           Allocations, 49th Parallel Gallery, New York
           Contemporary Triptychs, Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
           Optica Gallery, Montreal, 
           National Arts Centre, Ottawa
           Summer Exhibition, Marcuse Pfeiffer Gallery, New York
           Artbank Traveling Exhibition, Canada
1983    Big Pictures by Contemporary Photographers, Museum of Modern Art, New York
           The ARCO Collection, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christie
           Group Show, Light Gallery, New York
           Photographic Sequences, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ont.
1982    Twentieth Century Photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York: Seibu
                 Museum, Tokyo; Honolulu Art Museum, Hawaii
            Summer Exhibition, Delahunty Gallery, Dallas
1979-92    Array, 1977, purchased & exhibited continuously in the Photography Galleries of Museum of
                 Modern Art, (Permanent Collection), New York, curated by John Szarkowski
1978    Frameworks, Whitney Museum of American Art (Downtown), New York
1973    Silkscreen Prints, Glass Gallery, New York
1972    Prints, Redfern Gallery, London, England
            Painting commission installed in Lord Byron’s Chambers, the Albany, London, England

Film Projects

1999    John Szarkowski, A Life in Photography, Premier at Museum of Modern Art, New York (Brian Wood -
            Cinematographer, Lighting Director, and Co-director with Richard B. Woodward of location film),               
            Checkerboard Productions, NY
1980    The Royal Dancers of the Kingdom of Bhutan, (Brian Wood - Cinematographer and Director of
            Photography), Asia Society, New York – aired on Ch. 13 and Public Television channels in USA,
            Canada, Europe, & Australia. Screened at Natural History Museum, NYC; Asia Society, NYC; Everson
            Museum, Syracuse; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, & other museums in USA and internationally.
1975    Clearview, by Brian Wood
            Fixt, by Brian Wood
1974    Awaji Puppet Theater, (Brian Wood - Cinematographer and Director of Photography), Asia Society, NY
1974-2000     Cinematographer &Lighting Director for many film and video projects.

Honors and Fellowships

1999   John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
           Fundacion Valparaiso Fellowship, Spain
           Canada Council Travel Grant
1998   MacDowell Fellowship            
1996   Senior Arts “A” Grant, Canada Council
1992   New York State Foundation for the Arts Grant
1984   National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant
1982   Arts Grant, Canada Council
1980   Arts Grant, Canada Council
1979   Arts Grant, Canada Council
1978   Arts Grant, Canada Council
1975   Woodrow Wilson Fellowship


2017   PSC-CUNY Award
2014   Presidential Award for Faculty Advancement (CUNY)
2011   Presidential Travel Award (CUNY)
           PSC-CUNY Award
2007   PSC-CUNY Award
2006   PSC-CUNY Award
2004   PSC-CUNY Award


1975    MA  Hunter College, New York City - Filmmaking and Painting
1969    BA  University of Saskatchewan - Science and Mathmatics    


2002- Present     Hunter College, New York (Tenured Full Professor)
1991-2002          Yale University, New Haven
2001                   Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville
1988-91              Fordham University, New York
1985-05              New York University, New York (Internship Program)
1984-05              Pratt Art Institute, Brooklyn (Internship Program)
1976-present      Workshops and lectures at many museums and universities - USA, Canada, and Europe