Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane, recognized by critics as the definitive Eric Sloane biography published in 2001 by Garrigues House, Publishers. Authored by James W. Mauch, noted authority of the works of Eric Sloane and owner of Weather Hill Farm, the gallery that specializes in works by the artist.
The following is excerpted from the dustjacket flap of Aware:
“Nearly everyone who has an interest in early America knows of Eric Sloane’s work. Although best known for his depictions of barns and covered bridges, Eric Sloane was also a successful author, illustrator, anthropologist, meteorologist, and historian. A man of tremendous and varied talents, Sloane evolved from an itinerant sign painter to an accomplished artist elected to the National Academy of Arts.Born Everard Jean Hinrichs in 1905, Eric Sloane led a full and intriguing life. He created everything from “cloudscapes” while flying with Wiley Post (Amelia Earhart bought his first one) to over three dozen books on the subject of early America. Eric Sloane is undoubtedly one of the most interesting of twentieth century American painters.
Sure to delight anyone interested in Eric Sloane’s work, “Aware” is an engaging read, generously supplemented with the artist’s paintings, illustrations, and rare family photographs. Two appendicies are included, one on the subject of collecting first editions of Sloane titles, the other on authenticating, collecting, and restoring Eric Sloane paintings. To complete this literary work, the author has included and original, never published Sloane manuscript. Author James Mauch examines each stage of the artist’s career and life, illustrating how one of Sloane’s areas of interest would be a catalyst for the next, a life-long evolutionary process which culminated in a deep exploration of what the artist described as his “philosophy of awareness“.
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Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane
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