Eric Aho: Transcending Nature

Eric Aho, Naturalist, oil on linen, 82 x 108 inches (courtesy of the artist)
Eric Aho, Naturalist, oil on linen, 82 x 108 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Ed Beem blogs about the exhibition Transcending Nature: Paintings by Eric Aho at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester NH, on view through September 9, 2012.

Beem writes "What intrigued me then and intrigues me now is the virtuosity with which Aho handles paint while modulating along a spectrum of descriptive fidelity from painterly realism to pure abstraction. He was a student of George Nick at MassArt and he retains an allegiance to the visible world, yet Aho is also able to free himself from the bonds of description to explore the way paint on canvas becomes its own landscape, every bit as real, perhaps even more so, as a picture of a landscape."