The dark beauty of a night sky is captured in this expressive abstract by Milly Ristvedt. Considered a master colourist, Ristvedt has spent decades exploring the potential and power of colour. This vertical painting features an aubergine border on a white canvas. The viewer’s eye is drawn to the center of the piece where a wash of aubergine and royal blue offer rich contrast to short brushstrokes--the ‘stars’ in black, pink, turquoise, gray-blue and soft green.
“For myself as an artist, the freedom to explore my own psyche, physicality, and the life around me that informs my work through the elements of painting, particularly the elusive, magical, and fugitive properties of colour, is a gift that I endeavour to pass on.” 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. Ristvedt's work can be found in major public collections throughout North America including the National Gallery of Canada.
Milly Ristvedt is represented exclusively by the Oeno Gallery.