Sizzle Yellow Milly Ristvedt, RCA

Year
1988
Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
54 × 84 inches
137.16 × 213.36 cm
$21400
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On a light canary yellow soaked ground, swipes and passages of Tuscan yellow, violet and aqua move in a brilliant narrative aptly titled Sizzle Yellow. "Painting is my freedom 'to be' in the world, to transform what I think and feel about life, to express the essence of things that matter. Colour is the magical sensation and substance, the 'philosopher's stone,' that for me represents hope in a time of great challenge for us all." Milly Ristvedt Ristvedt is an established master of post-painterly abstraction. Early in her career, Ristvedt shared a Toronto studio with 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. Her work has been included in many publications, including Abstract Painting in Canada (Nasgaard, 2014). A 168 page catalog accompanied her survey exhibition Time Lapse at Oeno Gallery in 2017.

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