photo by zann gates of artist, justin wood

photo by zann gates

Justin Wood is an artist and illustrator who lives and works out of Sacramento, California. Since 1999, he has been utilizing digital tools to create works that primarily explore the human experience as it navigates, sometimes fitfully, through a digital revolution. He has created images for the New York Times, Wired, Sony, Esquire and has shown in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Portland, New York and Berlin. Wood has a Bachelors of Art in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design and a Masters of Fine Art in Art Practice from Stanford University.

He finds inspiration in human interest stories, modern art and architecture, network hackers, bioengineering, energy extraction, things we are losing or have lost and foolish, reckless love.

Of special interest is researching architecturally notable homes that have been demolished, or are “missing”. In particular, the output of California Central Valley regional architects, focusing on the mid-to late 1950’s work of Carter Sparks AIA

Education :

Stanford University 2016 MFA Art Practice

Art Center 2001 BFA Illustration with Honors

Illustration Client List :

WIRED, Sony, The New York Times, Target, VISA, w+k tokyolab, Variety, Fast Company, Outside, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, McSweeny’s, The Baffler!, The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, ESPN, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Magazine, Bicycling, Fortune, Computer Gaming World, Money, MIT Technology Review, SPIN, Business Week, Seattle Metropolitan, Backpacker, FLAUNT, and many more leading titles

Selected Awards and Press :

Submerge Magazine March 2013 : In Defense of Digital

Computer Arts Mag April 2011

3X3 Mag Issue 14 2010 Feature

idPure Mag Special Edition 2006 Feature

American Illustration 20 . 23 . 25 . 26 . 29 . 32 . 38

Society of Illustrators Scholarship : 2002 Feature : 11/11/2003 Feature : 04/13/09 + 08/05/09

Selected Exhibitions  :


light .wav – group show, sacramento, ca


my only heroes are phenomena – group show – mfa final exhibition, stanford university


hi-5 – group show, first year mfa exhibition, stanford university


untitled @ shimo center for the arts, sacramento, ca. dec 2012


convergence zones @ merry karnowsky gallery, berlin. oct 2008


untitled @ junc gallery, with oksana badrak. nov 2006, los angeles, ca

the romance of 0 and 1 @ compound gallery, with erik sandberg. jan 2006, portland, or


spinning yarn @ riviera gallery, a group show with camille rose garcia, jeff soto, ryan sanchez, martha rich, rachel salomon. oct 2004, brooklyn, ny

recent works @ merry karnowsky gallery, with kent williams. sept 2004, los angeles, ca

inbred @ junc gallery, a group show with jordan crane, rachell sumpter, tara macpherson, robert bellm and more. july 2004, los angeles, ca

soft luck @ compound gallery a group show w/ rachell sumpter, oksana badrak and sun an. jan 2004, portland, or


greatest album covers that never were, a traveling group show. june 2003 @ the rock and roll hall of fame oct 2003 @ track 16

untitled show @ the wine room, with robert bellm, july 2003, irvine, ca

robots have feelings too, @ culture cache gallery, a group show curated by jeff soto , april 2003 ,san francisco, ca

damsels and detritus, merry karnowsky gallery, march 2003, los angeles, ca, with viktor koen

new talent for the new year, squareblue art, jan 2003, newport beach, ca [group show]


holiday bliss, merry karnowsky gallery, dec 2002, los angeles, ca. [group show]

, plush @ the key club, nov 2002, los angeles, ca. [solo show]

imagenetic, @ culture cache gallery , june, 2002, san francisco, ca. [group show]

cannibal flower’s art bar, may 9, 2002, los angeles, ca. [group show]

new york society of illustrators student scholarship competition 2002 show, society of illustrators, may 2002, new york, ny. [group show]

frequent contributor to cannibal flower traveling shows.