Fabliau by Milly Ristvedt, RCA

Acrylic on Canvas
42 × 42 inches
106.7 × 106.7 cm
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Curated vertical ribbons of light blue, maroon, lemon yellow, rust-brown and light brown drop down from the top of the square picture plane and finish in uneven ends. The rhythm of spacing between the lengths of colour is reflected in the title, Fabliau, which is humorous, narrative poetry written in straightforward, simple verse. This is an early work by Ristvedt of whom Barry Lord wrote in "Three Young Canadians," in Art in America (1969): "...More insistent than Bush, more consciously structured than Molinari." Milly Ristvedt, RCA, began her career in Toronto in 1964 after studies with Takao Tanabe at the Vancouver School of Art. In Toronto, during the 1960s and 1970s she was making and exhibiting large scale paintings alongside a small but defined group of non-figurative painters who, like Ristvedt, had planted roots in modernism. These roots continue to run deep for Ristvedt who completed her MA in Art History at Queen's University in 2011 with a thesis that explored colour in the grid of contemporary painting. Ristvedt's paintings are part of private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She has had over 50 solo exhibitions. In 2012, she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service as an advocate for artists.