Maverick Milly Ristvedt, RCA

Acrylic on Canvas
42.5 × 88.5 inches
107.95 × 224.79 cm
Framed Size
43 × 89 inches
109.22 × 226.06 cm

Ribbons of bright colours—orange, navy, green, pink and black fan out across the canvas in this dynamic acrylic painting by master abstract colourist Milly Ristvedt. Painted in 1969, Maverick is one of a series of compositions created when the artist was just 27 years old and shared a Toronto studio with Jack Bush. Famed art historian Barry Lord observed at the time that Ristvedt's paintings were "more insistent than Bush, more consciously structured than Molinari." "The nature of my art is to resist words; a consequence of the basic premise of freedom of interpretation offered by abstract art, and my enduring belief in colour in painting as a language that can speak to mind, body and soul." Milly Ristvedt In a successful career that spans more than five decades, Milly Ristvedt has held more than 50 solo exhibitions. A graduate of the Vancouver School of Art (she was born in B.C.), she also obtained an MA in Art History at Queen's University in 2011. Ristvedt has won countless awards including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Her abstract, acrylic canvases are held in private, corporate and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Harvard University. Milly Ristvedt is represented exclusively by Oeno Gallery.

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