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Eva Carter has been a fixture in the Charleston art scene for nearly 30 years. Her large abstract works in oil have been described as paintings drenched in color and brimming with movement and emotion. A spiritual connection can be drawn between her paintings and the ambiance of the natural environment. Although she doesn't paint the literal landscape, her inspiration is charged by the idyllic setting of her Wadmalaw Island studio where she watches the ebb  and flow of intercoastal tides or a fading light on the watery horizon.

There is a balance of energy and grace in Eva Carter's paintings and it is that distinctive perspective that has won her national acclaim. Her abstract expressionist paintings have been included in numerous exhibitions at gallery spaces, universities and colleges, as well as museums throughout the Southeast. Ms. Carter has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States and her work is cherished by collectors in many countries.

"For me painting is a state of being, rather than a state of mind. As I work, I respond to each stroke placed on the canvas. The painting itself tells me what to do next. When I get into that trancelike process, the oils just flow."

Eva Carter works in a studio on the intercoastal waterway in Charleston, South Carolina. Like the mix of fresh and salt waters in Charleston Harbor, Carterís expressionistic paintings commingle diverse life experiences, which include three distinctive stages in her life: her upbringing and education in rural Tennessee, her extensive travels into the desert southwest, and her mature life steeped in the tradition of the historic south. The blend of all these external influences is reflected in Carterís emotional juxtapositions of delicate tones and saturated hues, from verdant mountain greens, to marine blues, atmospheric lavenders, arroyo beiges, aspen golds, and chili reds - colors that she illuminates with darts of light or penetrates with gashes of black. Although inspired by the environment and natural phenomena, Carter observes that it is not the literal world she conveys but rather her internal response to her passage through the world. For her, that passage includes the depths of her subconscious, as well as her dreams.

"I paint for me, but the universal emotions translated to viewers are the connections that excite me. I donít have a map when I begin the journey. I just step up to the canvas and let intuition tell me where my brush should travel.

As with classic Action Painting, Carter invites the viewer to join her in the physical act of creation by leaving her gestural strokes fresh and accessible. Viewers connect to her journey through the visible pushing and pulling of paint and in the size of the canvases, which are often so large that they engulf the petite artist and dominate the rooms in which they are displayed.

Excerpt from Focus/Santa Fe, January 2005, Awakened Memories by Susan Hallsten McGarry

East Tennessee State University
Solo Exhibitions

Wofford College, Spartanburg SC
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
City Gallery at Dock Street Theatre, Charleston SC
Columbia College, Columbia SC
Converse College, Spartanburg SC
Eva Carter Gallery, Charleston SC
Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach CA
The New Gallery, Charleston SC
Roper Gallery, Roper Foundation, Charleston SC
Alpha Gallery, Denver CO
Jan Goin Gallery, Charleston SC
Newberry College, Newberry SC
The Gallery, Spartanburg SC
Charleston Opera Company, Charleston SC
Sumter Technical College, Sumter SC
Wexford Art Gallery, Charleston SC

Selected Exhibitions

Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012
, Columbia, SC
Contemporary Carolinas - an invitational exhibit, Charleston SC

Then & Now,
Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach SC
Songs of the Earth, Piccolo Spoleto Invitational,
City Gallery at Dock Street Theater, Charleston SC
Garden & Art Tour Daniel Island SC
Beyond Representation: Abstract Art in the South,
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
Big Paintings, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
Head Show, Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston SC
Loving the Land: Exploring Southern Regionalism, Blue Spiral Gallery Asheville NC
Contemporary Abstraction, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
Works on Paper, Morris Gallery, Columbia SC
Alumni Exhibition, Carol Reece Museum, Johnson City TN
Lure of the Lowcountry, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
Women in the South, Havens Gallery, Columbia SC
Monotype Exhibition, City Gallery at Dock Street Theater, Charleston SC
South Carolina Contemporary, NCNB Traveling Exhibition
Artists and their Style, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
The Tax Payers' Children, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN
From Charleston to New York, 77 Wentworth, Charleston SC
Selected Articles

Two Artists Find Inspiration in Their Charleston Setting American Contemporary Artist, Sept/Oct 2008
Expressions of the Soul Charleston Style & Design, Fall 2008

Awakened Memories Focus Magazine, Jan 2005
Eva Carter, Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe Reviews: Art News, December 2004
High Profile The Post and Courier, January 4, 2003
Bobbie Allen, LA Times, February 21, 2003
Bill Lasarow, Continued and Recommended, ArtScene, March 2003
Native Talent Charleston Magazine, May 2002
Forces of Nature Charleston Magazine, Sept 2001
A Frame of Mind Focus Magazine, June 2000
Abstracting the Landscape Palette Talk - The M Grumbacher Newsletter, 1994


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