Paulina Ołowska

BORN 1976, Gdańsk

A characteristic feature of Paulina Ołowska’s art is a fascination with the art of the previous decades: the historical avant-garde, Dadaism, pop art, as well as design from the 1960s and 1970s. She manifests this attitude in paintings, installations, videos, performances, and happenings. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and of the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts. She has held fellowships at the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague (1988), the Centro de Arte e Comunicacăo Visual (Arco) in Lisbon (1998/1999), the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu (1999/2000), and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2001/2002). She participated in the Venice Biennale of Art (2003), the Istanbul Biennale (2005), and the Berlin Biennale (2008).

Summer Memory
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Paulina Ołowska

Summer Memory

1999 / oil, canvas / 182 x 122 cm / no. 0050 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć
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The figure of a young woman against a pastel background, her dress and hair ruffled by a soft breeze; the image evokes the mood of old fashion magazines, the euphoria of summertime travels and youthful dreams. The artist was inspired by fashion photos from Ty i Ja, a Polish magazine popular in the 1960s. According to the artist, it promoted an optimistic outlook on the world, in a manner which was out of tune with the politically difficult times. This is one of the most seductive paintings created in Poland in the late 1990s – careless but sentimental, alluring but highly melancholic.

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