Milly Ristvedt has captured, in vivid colour, and expressive form the wonders of the ‘deep’ in this gorgeous abstract painting. Against a rich blue colour field, ethereal forms and gestural brushstrokes appear to float across the canvas—in green, black, blue, orange, pink and white. Ristvedt is a master colourist whose use of colour as a visual language is both intuitive and bold.
“Colour has a dual (and magical) identity as elusive, optical sensation and physical, material substance that compels me to explore its expressive possibilities.” Milly Ristvedt
Milly Ristvedt was born in British Columbia and studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University) Her first solo exhibit was 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 both private and major public collections throughout North America including the National Gallery of Canada.
Milly Ristvedt is represented exclusively by Oeno Gallery.