This ethereal abstract pastel on paper is an early work by Milly Ritsvedt known as one of Canada’s foremost abstract artists. Soft clouds of magenta, sienna and turquoise float across the canvas in this expressive work. Fine gestural lines in vivid colours add dynamic detail. A white backdrop enhances the focus on colour. Ristvedt has spent decades exploring the transformative quality of colour. At an early age art critics applauded her understanding of colour as both intuitive and bold.
“Colour has a dual (and magical) identity as elusive, optical sensation and physical, material substance that compels me to explore its expressive possibilities.”
Milly Ristvedt was born in British Columbia and studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University) Her first solo exhibit was 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. Her work is held in private, corporate and major public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University.
Milly Ristvedt is represented exclusively by Oeno Gallery