Milly Ristvedt loves jazz. Several of her paintings have been created to the beat of a jazz tune. In this abstract piece, on a vertical velvet green backdrop, expansive gestural brushstrokes in pale yellow, white, orange and burgundy appear to capture the essence of a jazz beat—improvised and forceful.
“The work in this period was often more minimal in shape, done in more than one stage, more focussed on the character and skeleton of gesture, and eventually, of a more horizontal/vertical orientation.” 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.
Milly Ristvedt is represented exclusively by Oeno Gallery.