Continental Series (War Paintings)

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28. Outside Nancy 16 September 44, 2014
Oil on wood panel
16 x 20 in.

26. Rosière 13 September 44, 2014
Oil on linen
20 x 16 in.

20. Laubressel 29 August 44, 2014
Oil on linen
16 x 20 in.

Installation view of Continental Paintings (War Paintings) in Eric Aho: An Unfinished Point in a Vast Surrounding at The New Britain Museum of American Art, April 23 – August 14, 2016



13. La Beillé 10 August 44, 2014
Oil on linen
20 x 16 inches
signed right edge, dated lower left; signed, titled, dated on verso


7. Lessay (Ay River) 28 July 44, 2014
Oil on wood panel
20 x 16 inches
signed lower middle; signed, titled, dated on verso


Eric Aho is an American painter known for his gestural, abstracted paintings that evoke natural forms. While Aho works from his impressions of the landscape, he also draws upon major pillars of art history—such as works by De Kooning and Goya—to define his compositions.

Aho studied at the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England and received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. In 1989 he participated in the first exchange of scholars in over thirty years between the U.S. and Cuba. He completed his graduate work at the Lahti Art Institute in Finland supported by a Fulbright Fellowship in 1991-92 and an American-Scandinavian Foundation grant in 1993.

Recent solo exhibitions include Eric Aho at the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT (2016); Eric Aho: Ice Cuts at the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH (2016); Eric Aho: In the Landscape at the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC (2013); and Transcending Nature: Paintings by Eric Aho at the Currier Museum of Art, New Hampsire (2012). Other exhibitions have taken place at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire; Portland Art Museum, Maine; Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine; National Academy, New York; and American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Tufts University Art Collection, Medford, MA; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH among others. Aho’s paintings have also been shown internationally in Ireland, South Africa, Cuba, Norway, and Finland, among others.

Eric Aho was elected National Academician of the National Academy Museum in 2009. He lives and works in Saxtons River, Vermont.


The "Ice Cut" series takes avantos as their subject matter. An avanto is a traditional Finnish hole cut into the surface of a frozen lake, through which one is meant to plunge after the intense heat of a sauna. The artist himself has been cutting avantos and then painting their dark recesses and uneven, iridescent contours each winter for the past decade.

Exhibition Walk-through of "Eric Aho: Wilderness Studio"

November 14, 2015

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