Colour is the star in this engaging painting by Milly Ristvedt. Celebrated as a master colourist, Ristvedt uses simple form and a crayon box of colours—brown, blue, purple, green, deep orange and mandarin against a neutral backdrop to great effect. To create these intense, rich colours, Ristvedt would experiment by mixing colours with water or gel and test them on canvas before she committed to a concept.
“Over time the preparation process became more important. First came an idea, generated by a previous painting, another artist’s work, a notion spinning around in the zeitgeist, or my working environment.” 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.