Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood (British, 1901-1930)

Christopher “Kit” Wood studied architecture briefly at Liverpool University but subsequently turned to painting, studying in Paris at the Academie Julian and then at the Grande Chaumiere. He met Picasso early in his career and became a close friend of Jean Cocteau and Max Jacob. He first exhibited in London in 1924 and in 1925 he exhibited with Paul Nash at the famous Redfern Gallery there. In 1926, he met Ben and Winifred Nicholson, with whom he became close friends. Although in his early development he was widely influenced by the many trends in European contemporary art of his age, he soon developed his own unique ‘naive’ style, accentuated by strong colours and vigourous representations of boats, seascapes, landscapes and people. He was a particularly fine draughtsman, working quickly in pencil and crayon. Christopher Wood became addicted to opium and he died at the age of 29, falling under a train at Salisbury station.