Eric Aho: Interview

Eric Aho, Unorganized Territory (Border), 2014, oil on linen, 60 x 48 inches (co
Eric Aho, Unorganized Territory (Border), 2014, oil on linen, 60 x 48 inches (courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Eric Aho.

Commenting about granting himself permission to be "recklesss" in his work, Aho comments: "I have been describing 'the casual eye' for ten years. I don’t think I invented it, but it occurred to me in thinking about John Constable. Constable left London to come back home to Suffolk and Dedham Vale. His landscapes are painted with deep knowledge of how the whole structure of that landscape worked, from its agrarian purpose to its atmospheric incident. But everything was put on his canvas very casually. Constable gave me that idea: it’s not about making something; it is about letting something arrive. It doesn’t have to precise, but it has to be accurate. There is a self-knowing and confidence in the casual."