Simply stunning. Milly Ristvedt’s masterful use of colour in this large lyrical abstract painting is on full display. Bright blue offers a brilliant contrast to the gestural brushstrokes of tropical colours--pink, lime green, red, orange, turquoise, and brown. Calligraphic markings in violet, yellow, and white float around the canvas adding visual interest and energy.
“Colour is the philosopher’s stone that for me represents hope in a time of great challenge for us all.” Milly Ristvedt
Born in British Columbia, Ristvedt studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University) and had her first solo exhibit at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery in Toronto. In the late 1960s, Ristvedt shared a studio with famed Canadian painter Jack Bush, met art critic Clement Greenberg and was inspired by American painters Jules Olitiski and Frank Stella. Her work has been included in many publications, She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004 and honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
She has won seven Canada Council awards and two Ontario Arts Council awards and had over 50 solo exhibitions and been part of countless group shows. Ristvedt's work can be found in major public collections throughout North America including the National Gallery of Canada.
Milly Ristvedt is represented exclusively by the Oeno Gallery.