Tove Ambolt (b. Ystad, 1991) paints often on variations of linen like flax and scrim as part of her interest in textiles. She thoroughly prepares the surfaces with substances that evoke alchemy like glitters and natural glues. She then proceeds to apply layers of oil of different viscosity, achieving mystical levels of depth and transparency. In her recent works she develops her ambition to depict abstract relationships in between people, situations and objects and follows her interest in still life and representation of quotidian moments.
Ambolt's Två and a sculpture by Rina Eide Løvaasen installed at the exhibition Vi Jobbar at OBRA

Work in progress at the artist's studio, September 4, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist and OBRA

Some of Ambolt’s small and large format works have a physical quality that surpass the painted surface to include the whole object of painting: the borders of the painting, stretcher, the signature in the back and the raw qualities of the fabrics she uses are part of the whole experience of her art. 

Tove Ambolt in her studio, September, 2020.

About the artist
Tove Ambolt is a painter based in Malmö. She studied Fine Art at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and painting at Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts, London where she graduated in 2019.
Her work is developed from an interest in quality of attention and moments of everyday life. In her work she uses painting as a way of repeatedly looking closer at fragments of these moments. 
Previously shown works at OBRA

Två, 2020

Oil on flax
170 × 150 cm

About this work
Två is a large format oil painting on heavy flax, a coarser version of linen. The artist has prepared the surface with golden tones and clear size to seal the fibres and make them less absorbent. She then proceeds to paint the treated fabric with various oils. The painting follows the artist's ambition to depict abstract relationships in between people, situations and objects and follows her interest in still life and abstract representation of quotidian moments.