Eva Lundsager’s abstract paintings evoke expansiveness and a sense of watchful waiting. Structured as an imagined, changing space, imagery simultaneously specific and indeterminate suggests life forms moving through the atmosphere, over a planet’s surface, and deep into solid ground. The paintings are built of varied processes of paint application; layers of pours, drips, glazes, and brushstrokes, and use complex color, sometimes seductive, sometimes alienating. Paint becomes animated forms on the edge of recognition. Lundsager’s paintings describe unfamiliar territory in the midst of transition as events of indeterminate consequences unfold.
Born in Buffalo and raised in Maryland, Eva grew up exploring the fields and woods of her semi-rural surroundings and received a BA in art from the University of Maryland, studying with artists Sam Gilliam, Anne Truitt, Claudia DeMonte and Nick Krushenick, and writer and theorist Jack Burnham. She moved to New York in 1985 to attend the MFA program at Hunter College, working with painters Ralph Humphrey, Marcia Hafif, and Susan Crile, art critic and historian Rosalind Krauss, and ceramicist and writer Susan Peterson. Simultaneous to her MFA pursuit she was the registrar for the ground-breaking Gracie Mansion Gallery in the East Village, getting a parallel education from owners Gracie and Sur Rodney (Sur) and the gallery artists. After sixteen years in New York, she lived a decade in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she spent a fair amount of time watching the quickly changing sky; compelling, beautiful, and occasionally frightening. Since 2012 she has lived and worked in Boston.