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Milly Ristvedt
April Sunny Day - large, bright, colourful, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas

1988

$63,000

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In this tribute to spring, a progression of colourful brushed lines and shapes conspire over a background of white, invoking that most hopeful of moments in the year. As established icon of Canadian post-painterly abstraction Milly Ristvedt explains: "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 (b. 1942, Kimberley, BC) MA, 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. She was also elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004 and honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Since 1968, Ristvedt has received seven Canada Council awards and two Ontario Arts Council awards. She is an established maker of post-painterly abstractions. Early in her career, by 1969 in Toronto, Ristvedt was sharing a studio with Jack Bush and showing with the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, she met art critic Clement Greenberg and was inspired by American painters Jules Olitiski and Frank Stella. That same year, Barry Lord observed in Art in America that Ristvedt’s paintings were “…more insistent than Bush, more consciously structured than Molinari.” Her 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). She has had over 50 solo exhibitions and been part of countless group shows.

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Milly Ristvedt

Milly Ristvedt, RCA, began her career in Toronto in 1964, after studies with Takao Tanabe at the Vancouver School of Art. In Toronto, during the 1960s and 1970s, she was making and exhibiting large-scale paintings alongside a small but defined group of non-figurative painters who, like Ristvedt, had planted roots in modernism. These roots continue to run deep for Ristvedt, who completed her MA in Art History at Queen's University in 2011 with a thesis that explored color in the grid of contemporary painting. Ristvedt's paintings are part of private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She has had over 50 solo exhibitions. In 2012, Ristvedt received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service as an advocate for artists. (Biography provided by OENO Gallery)
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