Jeff Aeling Biography

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Jeff Aeling

Jeff Aeling was born in 1958 in Iowa City, Iowa and currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.  His father was an Army physician during the 1950s and 1960s so the family moved from one hot spot to another when the Cold War dominated the American consciousness.  His connection to nature came when the family was posted in Hawaii. 

In addition to painting absorbing landscapes images at his home studio in Kansas City, Missouri, Aeling recently concluded a monumental exhibition that took over two years to design and create.  “The Layman’s Guide to the Passage of the Millennium” included over a hundred exquisite three-dimensional assemblages and paintings addressing the anxieties of contemporary culture.  Aeling’s painting travels take him all over the southwest.  He finds himself returning to particular areas that allow clear observations of the weather, atmosphere and the unobstructed lay of the land.

Out on location, Aeling absorbs the geography and the rich earth colors, terra verde, ochre and reds that permeate the landscape.  Jeff Aeling’s universal landscapes possess a stunning intimacy that conveys unexpected power and emotion.  His paintings draw upon a vastness that gives you a sense of wonder and awe about the universe. 

Once in the studio, Aeling paints with economy.  He keeps his brush strokes gestural, often painting at arm’s length, as he applies pigments to board he uses the smallest number of brush strokes. 

Jeff Aeling’s paintings have been shown in exhibitions and purchased for collections across the United States. 


Jeff Aeling, Pond and Clouds Near Raton, NM, Oil on Panel, 36

Jeff Aeling, Pond and Clouds Near Raton, NM, Oil on Panel, 36" x 72"




  • BFA painting & printmaking
  • Kansas City Art Institute, Art Institute Chicago


  • Lowick House of Printmaking Grant, Lowick, United Kingdom
  • Autumnal Fund Grant, Kansas City Art Institute
  • Margaret Hall-Silva Sculpture Foundation Grant


  • 4 Point Energy
  • Art Embassies Program, Zimbabwe
  • Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, AZ
  • Capri Capital, Chicago, IL
  • Daniel Taylor and Associates
  • Federal Reserve Bank, Denver, CO
  • Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis, MO
  • Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, MO
  • First Western Trust Bank
  • Grand Hyatt Denver Convention Center
  • Sprint
  • H & R Block
  • Johnson National Bank, Racine, WI
  • St. Regis Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rennaisance Grand Hotel, St. Louis, MO
  • Boyd Collection, Johnson Wax
  • Johnson Collection, Johnson Wax
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kansas State University
  • Madison Dearborn Partners
  • National Association of College Business Offices
  • Hall-Silva Collection, Hallmark
  • Hall-Marshall Collection, Hallmark
  • Ronald Dunn, Brooks and Dunn
  • Kathleen Collins, President, Kansas City Art Institute
  • American Century Investments
  • Gates Rubber Company
  • Wilmington Trust Company
  • D. S. T. Systems
  • Exeter Oil Company
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Charles Schwab, Denver, CO
  • Drs. Mark and Kathleen Sublette

Selected Bibliography

  • Western Art Collector, March 2020
  • Western Art Collector, December 2018
  • Westword, Denver, CO, July 2015
  • Crossroads Art District, October 2015
  • Western Art Collector, December 2014
  • Riverfront Times, St. Louis, MO, September 2014
  • St. Louis Magazine, September 2014
  • The Contemporary Art Society of the Tucson Museum of Art, Fall 2014
  • Southwest Art, January 2013
  • Huffington Post, September 2013
  • Dan's Papers, Southhampton, New York, September 2012
  • Riverfront Times, St. Louis, MO, 2011
  • American Art Collector Cover, September 2010
  • Western Art Collector, January 2009
  • Canyon Road Arts, 2007-2008 issue
  • Western Art Collector, July 2008
  • New City Art, Chicago, IL, September 2008
  • Western Art Collector Premiere Issue 2007
  • American Art Collector, October 2006
  • Chicago Tribune, September 2005
  • Frontier Magazine, July/August 2003
  • Review Magazine, 2003
  • Southwest Art, July 2002
  • Chicago Tribune, 2002
  • Southwest Art, February 2001
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch, January 2000
  • Kansas City Star, January 1999
  • Santa Fe New Mexican, July 1999
  • Southwest Art "People to Watch" September 1999
  • New American Paintings, August 1998
  • Kansas City Star, July 1998
  • Santa Fe New Mexican, July 1998, Jeff Aeling: The Essentials of Landscape
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch, March 1998
  • Dialogue Magazine, February 1998
  • Southwest Art, January 1998, What's New in the Santa Fe Galleries
  • Focus Santa Fe, January 1998, Searching for Essentials
  • NYU Press, September 1997, Peter Von Ziegasars Essays "Apocalyptic Art Since 1970" in The Year 
  • 2000: Essays on the End.
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch, March 1997
  • Kansas City Star, November 1996
  • Kansas City Star, May 1993

Museum Collections

  • Beach Museum, Manhattan, KS
  • Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO
  • Denver Art Museum, CO 
  • Museum of the West, Tucson, AZ
  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
  • Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2021 "Landscapes of the American West, solo show, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2018 - "Southwest Skies" solo show, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2017 "25th Anniversary Celebration" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2014 - Solo Exhibition, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2009 - Solo Exhibition, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2007-Present – Annual Santa Fe Small Works Show and Sale, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2007 – Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2001, 2003, 2004 - Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery – Santa Fe, NM and Tucson, AZ
  • 2002, 2007, 2009 - Solo Shows, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM and Tucson, AZ

  • 1997 - 2004 - Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL & New York, NY

  • 2000 - 2004 - FADA, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2004 - “5 Views of the Midwest,” traveling museum show

  • 2002 - “Exhibition of Works From Permanent Collection,” Daum Museum, Sedalia, Missouri

  • 2001 - Los Angeles Art and Antique Show

  • 2000 - Art San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 
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