Ruralist, 2011
Oil on linen
82 x 108 inches
signed lower middle; signed, titled, dated on verso

Approach, 2012
Oil on linen
108 x 92 inches
signed upper left; signed, titled, dated on verso
 

Keeper, 2013
Oil on linen
48 x 60 inches
signed lower right; signed, titled, dated on verso
 

Winter Selve, 2014
Oil on linen
48 x 52 inches
signed, titled, dated on verso

Sundial, 2014
Oil on linen
80 x 80 inches
signed right edge; signed, titled, dated on verso
 

Branch, 2014
Oil on linen
50 x 60 inches
signed, titled, dated on verso
 

Ilves, 2014
Oil on linen
60 x 48 inches
signed, titled, dated on verso
 

1974, 2014
Oil on linen
48 x 50 inches
signed left edge; signed, titled, dated on verso
 

Wilderness Studio (Summer), 2015
Oil on linen
60 x 50 inches
signed lower left; signed, titled, dated on verso

The Close, 2015
Oil on linen
36 x 30 inches
signed right edge; signed, titled, dated on verso

Exchange Student, 2015
Oil on linen
48 x 52 inches
signed, titled, dated on verso

River Crossing (Meurthe), 2015
Oil on linen
74 x 95 1/2 inches
signed left edge; signed, titled, dated on verso
 

Biography

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.

Video

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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