Ingvill Gaarder


Norwegian, born 1973.


Ingvill Gaarder is a Visual Artist who studied Fine Art, Illustration, Digital Art and Photography at Kunstskolen i Bergen (Norway), University of Houston and Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UK) achieving a Bachelor and a Master's degree. She is based in studios in Stavanger and Ryfylke (Norway). Her work has been exhibited by various galleries in Norway and overseas in the UK, Iceland, Germany, France and the US.


During the process of painting I attempt to document physical and psychological presence, investigating and experimenting with the communicative function of colour, form and texture and exploring how these interact. They are a combination of chance and deliberation, functioning as a diagram of layers, marks and colours which create gateways into suggesting both a physical and emotional energy in the course of making the work. 


The starting point of each painting is inspired from a form of narrative, which informs the course of painting. I believe that visual language has a potent power, like music or literature. And it has the ability to communicate and transform.

Utilizing a conceptual dialect of mark making that is both individual and general, I look at my work and process as a personal expression of the unconscious, dreams and the immediate emotional.

Using mark making to create rhythm, I use a variation of paint to build up my paintings. I overlay layers of paint, to build up the pictorial space. This creates glimpses of  spaces and things half shown, suggested. I use layers of paint with different strokes with dots, lines and swirls creating patterns and texture transforming and creating an ambiguous space. The image is then worked and re-worked until the image is “found”. Only when a balance and integration is achieved I feel that the painting is finished.