Selected Works by Eric Aho, Katherine Bradford and Wolf Kahn
Eric Aho's fresh and vibrant paintings evoke immediate familiarity with a heightened sense of atmosphere. Using dynamic brushwork and a memory-based approach, the artist strives to capture the essential equivalent of his natural experience. Each brushstroke reveals a keen understanding of sophistication through austerity. Of his work Boston Globe art critic Cate McQuaid has written "Vermont painter Eric Aho’s spectacular landscapes...could swallow you up. He’s a gestural painter, not afraid of broad, dramatic strokes that bracingly straddle representation and abstraction...thick, luscious brushstrokes that could have been made with a house painter’s brush...Aho’s tones are no less vibrant than his gestures."
Katherine Bradford's personal and quirky pictures express predicaments, accidents, and the solitary person aspiring to grace. Of her work Bradford has observed "I’ve spent years learning which brush to use for which mark, and just how much paint I need on the brush and how much medium to combine with the paint. I’ve done it over and over again until I felt very at home with how my hand and the brush interact. The paintings evolve very slowly because there are often a lot of other paintings beneath each image. I have to kind of nudge them into existence...I think we’re trying to speak a language, a visual language, and it takes a long time to develop a very personal vocabulary. It certainly took me years and years to find my own voice. And I wouldn’t say it has anything to do with age; it had to do with sticking to it, and doing it a lot, like an athlete. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that you know what you are doing—you just have to trust in being the blind mole."
Wolf Kahn is regarded as one of America’s most prominent and influential landscape painters. An intense involvement with light and color dominate his work, and redefines the world of nature. Kahn’s pastels and monotypes offer a successful resolution of the language of abstraction together with the perception of landscape. They are the contemporary manifestation of a long tradition of American painting that runs from George Inness to Milton Avery. Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927 and emigrated to the United States in 1940. He studied painting at the famous Hans Hofmann school in New York and Provincetown, MA. His works are represented in numerous public and private collections and he has been the subject of five monographs.