Eva Carter's oil on canvas are successful examples of current interpretations of action painting. Each of her large canvases is energetic and vital. Their titles reflect their conceptual basis. "Enchant", oil on canvas, 48" x 60" is full of movement and high drama. The colors are boldly presented in pure reds ranging to orange, yellow, green, with generous use of black. There is a sense of conflict and resolution as the eye moves constantly across the canvas. This is what happens when red meets yellow, and here yellow meets black. It is a confident composition, and of constant interest. "Reassure", oil on canvas, 72" x 66" takes this onto a grander scale with a different palette, mixing ultramarine blues with sky blues and extreme violets.  White and yellow impasto brush work runs down and off the canvas. All of Carter's canvases have this same kind of theater. The patterns of color are similar, but each has a sense of force and intellect, of individual evocative intent. Certainly is true, as Berger (Poet and Art Critic John Berger said: "During the last 40 years, transatlantic painting has demonstrated how there is no longer anything left to mediate and therefore anything left to paint.") implies that there is nothing new under the sun. What remains are individual interpretations on the same human perceptions-isolated, hyper-personal perspectives. This artist, however understands more. She has translated those perceptions into a meaningful experience".

 

Bobbie Allen, LA Times, 2/21/2003

 

"After years of experimenting with various permutations of realism and figuration, Eva Carter found that Abstract Expressionism suited her temperament best. The canvases here prove that her instincts were sound. Strong fields of color form fascinating organic shapes that seem to collide, then melt into ephemeral voids. Carter's instinctively free execution, large gestural brushstrokes, and lyrical slashes of color culminate in a dream-like vision of luminous abandonment. This is not a forced, monochromatic rehash of what has come before, but a refreshing, even if slightly formulaic, return to a school of painting that revolutionized the art world decades ago--and perhaps has the power to do so again.

 

Bill Lasarow, Continued and Recommended, ArtScene March 2003