Milly Ristvedt, ‘Focus’, 1985, Oeno Gallery
Milly Ristvedt, ‘Focus’, 1985, Oeno Gallery
Milly Ristvedt, ‘Focus’, 1985, Oeno Gallery
Milly Ristvedt, ‘Focus’, 1985, Oeno Gallery
Milly Ristvedt, ‘Focus’, 1985, Oeno Gallery

Deep shades of rosewood, Tyrian purple, and carmine are skillfully layered in washes, composing the background of the painting. Minimalist in composition, the single stroke of pink and the circle of black reveal the confidence and careful consideration behind Ristvedt's process.

“Color has been central to my explorations in painting from the beginning. It has a dual (and magical) identity as elusive, optical sensation and physical, material substance that compels me to explore its expressive possibilities.” – Milly Ristvedt

Milly Ristvedt is an extraordinary Canadian painter of abstraction. When she was only 24 her work was included in the Centennial exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The following year her work was featured in the National Gallery, and the year after that, she was selected for prestigious exhibitions in Winnipeg, Paris and Lausanne. She shared a studio for a time with Jack Bush, and was in group exhibitions with many masters of abstraction. Her work is in major public collections - the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Musee d'art Contemporain (Montreal), Harvard University, to name just a few. Her work has been included in many publications, including Abstract Painting in Canada (Nasgaard, 2014). She lives and paints in Ontario, Canada where she is represented by the Oeno Gallery. A full CV is available on request.

Framed Dimensions: 37.5 x 37.5 inches