Tendrils in green, magenta, orange, indigo and sapphire swim through a sea of brilliant blue-green in this pastel on paper. Created in 1975, this is a rare early work on paper from Ristvedt, an established and successful Canadian artist.
Milly Ristvedt, RCA, began her career in Toronto in 1964 after studies with Takao Tanabe at the Vancouver School of Art. 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 sharing a studio with Jack Bush and showing with the Carmen Lamanna Gallery.
Over her long career, Ristvedt has had over 50 solo exhibitions. Her work has been acquired by private, corporate and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Musee d'art contemporain and Harvard University. Of the artist and her work in this period, Barry Lord wrote exuberantly in "Three Young Canadians," in Art in America (1969): "...More insistent than Bush, more consciously structured than Molinari." In 2012, Ristvedt received the Queen's Jubilee Medal for her service as an advocate for artists.