Memory Milly Ristvedt, RCA

Acrylic on Canvas
18 × 96 inches
45.7 × 243.8 cm
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This long horizontal canvas is soaked in a neutral ground over which shaped and textured taches of colour move and communicate - ochre, white, indigo, forest green, chocolate, toffee and pink. At eight feet in length, this piece is unusual in the artist's oeuvre. Ritstvedt is an established icon in Canadian post-painterly abstraction working on large canvases that explore the emotive, even heroic qualities of colour. In 1981, the artist spent 10 months in Syracuse during which she produced work for three exhibitions the following year. That same year, she attended the Emma Lake Artist Workshop with guest artists American painter Darby Bannard and British painter John McLean. Early in her career in Toronto in the late 1960s, Ristvedt shared a studio with Canadian painter Jack Bush, met art critic Clement Greenberg and was inspired by American painters Jules Olitiski and Frank Stella. Ristvedt's work can be found in major public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal, Harvard University, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre and more. Her work has been included in many publications, including Nasgaard's Abstract Painting in Canada (2014). Ristvedt was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004 and honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Since 1968, Ristvedt has won seven Canada Council awards and two Ontario Arts Council awards. She has had over 50 solo exhibitions and been part of countless group shows.

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