Problem and Solution No 3 Milly Ristvedt, RCA

Acrylic on Canvas
60 × 48 inches
152.4 × 121.92 cm
Framed Size
61 × 49 inches
154.94 × 124.46 cm

Hard-edge painting has never looked as inspired or resolved as in Ristvedt's Problem and Solution No 3. Harkening the razor-edge, colour-form relationships of the Montreal Post-Plasticiens, with a re-invigorated palette and a thin horizontal band that announces the internal structure of the painting, this painting is a succinct statement. Having absorbed the vocabulary of abstract painting and learned its lessons, Ristvedt has answered. Milly Ristvedt (b. 1942, Kimberley, BC) MA, RCA, began her career in Toronto in 1964 after studies with Takao Tanabe and Roy Kiyooka at the Vancouver School of Art. Ristvedt credits Tanabe with helping her refine her ability to see in first year composition, and Roy Kiyooka as her most important educational influence. Kiyooka introduced Ristvedt to the paintings of contemporary artists such as Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella, and Morris Louis who were working in series. This altered Ristvedt's approach to production in the early years. However, while Ristvedt admires the discipline of seriality she prefers to set her parameters after the fact thus allowing exciting and unexpected changes to reveal themselves through the course of painting. At 24, her work was included in the Centennial Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario and featured at the National Gallery of Canada. She was chosen for prestigious exhibitions in Winnipeg, Paris, and Lausanne. By 1969, Ristvedt was painting large canvases, sharing a studio with Jack Bush, and showing with the Carmen Lamanna Gallery. That same year, Barry Lord observed in Art in America that Ristvedt's paintings were "…more insistent than Bush, more consciously structured than Molinari."

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