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Eric Aho: In the Landscape

French King by Eric Aho, 2005 Oil on linen

Eric Aho
French King, 2005
Oil on linen

Reception by Eric Aho, 2010 Oil on canvas

Eric Aho
Reception, 2010
Oil on canvas

An exhibition at the Federal Reserve Board from May 20 to November 15, 2013

This exhibition features fourteen works of art by Eric Aho, a painter with a great passion for the outdoors. Aho’s paintings depict his emotional response to the landscape without referencing the specific details of the actual space. The artist’s works start with a memory of an event or a place. Then, he paints his feelings, creating dramatic compositions that evoke the spirit of the setting, rather than an exact representation.

Aho was born and raised in Melrose, Massachusetts, to a family of Finnish descent. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and a diploma in printmaking from the Central School of Art and Design in London. After college, he taught painting at the Putney School in Vermont, which encourages artistic creativity. Drawing on his fondness for winters in New England and Finland, Aho’s initial technique involved taking his canvases out into the landscape in order to capture the essence of the scene. Then, he would bring the paintings into the studio and use them as inspiration for larger compositions. As his paintings grew in size, Aho continued to work outside in oil, pencil, and pastel. In each of his paintings, color sets the visual tone or cue for the season or the time of day.

Today, the artist pushes further away from a representational view of the landscape and towards a more abstract and emotional response to the scene. He gives the viewer just enough visual information to ground the painting in nature. Aho lives and works in Saxtons River, Vermont, and his paintings are part of many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

Eric Aho: In the Landscape is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., except federal holidays. Reservations are required at least five business days in advance. For reservations and further information, please email


Last update: May 13, 2013