Universal Order

More Works By Milly Ristvedt, RCA Acrylic on Canvas 1999
24.5 × 60 in 62.23 × 152.4 cm

About Universal Order

Milly Ristvedt’s masterful exploration of colour and form continues with this diptych (two panels create a singular piece of art) in a classic grid pattern. Two paintings—one has intersecting lines in pastel shades of pink, mauve, yellow and blue; the other is a solid indigo. Both have dots…white and mulberry coloured respectively that act as intriguing focal points on the paintings. Art critic Barry Lord (Art in America) declared that Ristvedit’s abstract paintings were “more insistent than Bush (Jack Bush), more consciously structured than Molinari.”

“The thing about abstract art is that it is not divorced from life but arises out of it.” 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.
She is represented exclusively by the Oeno Gallery.