Stanley Huber Wood Biography

Stanley Huber Wood




Painter and printmaker Stanley Huber Wood was born on September 12, 1894, in Bordentown, New Jersey. His formal education began in the study of engineering and architecture at the Drexel Institute and the Philadelphia School of Architecture in Pennsylvania. He then switched his focus to the arts, taking up painting and working as a commercial art and illustrator. Among his commissions was to document the construction of the Great Coulee Dam in Washington in inked illustrations, and to collaborate with architect Donald Corely and fellow artist Avery Johnson in redesigning and promoting the Floridian town of Key West. His style, Modernist and stylized, reflected his roots in architectural drafting techniques.

In addition to his commercial work, Wood pursued watercolor painting and often depicted rural scenes of the Ohio River Valley. In the 1930s Wood took up printmaking, studying lithography and intaglio, and after he moved to California he taught for a time at the California College of College of Fine Arts. He was best known for his architectural and urban scenes, as well as tropical botanical studies, for which he found inspiration from his time in Florida and trips to Mexico. He was active in Cleveland, Ohio, and in Carmel and Los Angeles in California, where he died in 1949. His work can be found in the permanent collection of Mills College and the Wichita Art Museum.