“Nearly everyone who has an interest in early Americana 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 works, Aware is a an engaging read, generously supplemented with the artist’s paintings, illustrations, and rare family photographs…To complete this literary work, the author has included an original, never published Eric 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 that the artist described as his “philosophy of awareness”. – From the dustjacket of Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane