Eric Aho: Not Tyrannized by the Seen

Eric Aho, Daybreak, 2011, 92 x 80 inches (three panels), oil on panel (courtesy
Eric Aho, Daybreak, 2011, 92 x 80 inches (three panels), oil on panel (courtesy of the Artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York. © Eric Aho)

Arlene Distler blogs about encountering the paintings of Eric Aho and a subsequent visit to Aho's studio.

Distler writes that in Aho's work, "nature is clearly a constant touchstone. Aho talks about still doing plein-air painting, but notes, chuckling, that these excursions do not look like the usual outdoor painter’s. No neat painting box (or messy one for that matter) for him. He goes out in his truck, and basically carries his studio with him. There are buckets of brushes, cans and bowls of paint, some left over from previous paintings. To me, the large abstract oils are an unfettering of what has always been evident in Aho’s work: a love of the medium and an exploration of what a robust and lyrical approach to the laying on of paint can do. How a painting can evoke something seen or remembered and at the same time have a life of its own internal space, form, and color. In the case of Aho, that life is akin to music or dance. Not to overstate, but one senses arabesques in the brushwork and whole symphonies of color."