Master Colourist Milly Ristvedt is playing with the classic grid pattern in this fun abstract painting. Geometric shapes—squares, rectangles, and fine lines in fresh, modern colours—orange, yellow, turquoise, green, purple, and royal blue appear to float against the celery green backdrop. Art Critic Barry Lord (Art in America) declared that Ristvedt’s paintings ‘were more insistent than Bush, more consciously structured than Molinari.
“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.
She is represented exclusively by the Oeno Gallery.