Jonas Wood was the first artist we can remember that painted large-scale portraits of our collective childhood imagery of sports icons. At the time, they felt like a breath of fresh air, a sort of ideal representation of those passing memories of both the most famous athletes and those often forgotten mythical figures that you saw on basketball or baseball cards. It seemed out of fashion for the time (thinking of his Sports Book in 2009), but Wood was tapping into a nuance of still-life painting that transformed and reimagined how painting would be look like for the next 10 years.

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