Artist Eric Aho, based in Vermont, is known for his gestural impressions of landscapes. Drawn to extreme environments, his artistic practice works to keep pace with the seasons. Aho’s world is comprised of the colors, textures, and forms of nature. Spanning the icy white of New England’s winters to Cuba’s red warm earth, Aho carries his memory of each landscape with him back into his studio. Bits and fragments of each scene ground the viewer while the rest of the dynamic image embraces the entropy and disorganization that make up the outdoors.
Aho’s work is all-enveloping, for the viewer as well as for the artist himself. He says of the experience, “You have to be in the painting and in the woods at the same time.” Bringing to mind the speci c arrangement of time and location, a meeting place carries the expectation for interaction. Aho’s work skillfully exposes these encounters, allowing the imagery to depart from reality and enter a world of its own. His work reveals the point where the representational and the abstract, the observed and the invented, merge. These works re ect the sentiments of the Finnish writer Pentti Saarikoski and are, “not so much of the world and its places as they are explorations of places and their worlds.” In this regard, each painting becomes the place and we meet it, encountering it as we might any element of nature – they have become one and the same.
Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, Aho received his BFA in printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and then continued his studies at the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England. Aho has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions were held at New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH, the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC, and the Currier Museum of Art, NH. His work is held 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.