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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Untitled
Maker: Milly Ristvedt
Year: 1968
Country: Canadian
Materials: felt pen on paper
Measurements: in frame: 72 cm x 60 cm; work: 61 cm x 48.3 cm
ID Number: PC2017.31

Extended Label Info: This is an early drawing by Risvedt, part of a series from the late 1960s. Risveldt uses geometric form as a framework to explore the effect of colours in relation to each other. As a young artist, she was inspired by German Expressionism and the work of Franz Marc of the Der Blaue Reiter, and by the Canadian abstract paintings of Paul-Émile Borduas and the Automatistes. Throughout her career Risvedt has concentrated on exploring colour. She describes it as a non-verbal language that can speak equally to mind, body, and soul, “Colour has a dual (and magical) identity as an elusive, optical sensation and as a physical, material substance that compels me to explore its expressive possibilities.” Milly Ristvedt (1942- ) Born in Kimberley BC, Milly Risvedt is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 1961-64, Risvedt studied at Vancouver School of Art. In 1967 her work was selected to show in the Centennial Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and was also chosen to exhibit in the 7th Biennial of Canadian Painting at the National Gallery of Canada, and in Paris at Musee d’Art Moderne. From 1970 to 1973, Ristvedt lived in Montreal and was a founding member of Véhicule Art Inc. Risveldt moved back to Ontario to continue her studio work and art history studies. She earned her B.A., Honours (2008) and her MA (2011) in Art History at Queen's University. As an advocate for artist's rights, Ristvedt was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Risvedt has had over 50 solo exhibitions, and her artwork is held in private, corporate, and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and Harvard University.