Paulina Olowska (1976) grew up in Poland in the days of communism. Today, she still lives and works in Poland, dividing her time between Krakow and her studio in the lush Polish countryside.
As an artist she explores topics as the woman as an archetype, muse, mother, housewife, model or artist and she sets them against the backdrop of the historical, social and cultural shifts between East and West since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Olowska has always been profoundly interested in the cultural and social significance of clothing and fashion. Her early paintings and collages were based on commercial images but recently her paintings became more lively. She plays so freely with the paint, watered down to nearly watercolour, sprayed or liberally pasted on the canvas, it all happens easily in one painting. Seeing her paintings in person is a true delight.
Having studied art in 5 countries; Japan, America, the Netherlands, Portugal and Poland, Olowska continues to exhibit her work internationally. Last year she was shown in Paris, Aachen and Tate Modern-London. Soon she will have a show in Metro Pictures Gallery in NY (Nov 4-Dec 22, 2016). The portraits above are currently on view in “These Strangers… Painting and People” at SMAK, Belgium till 8 Jan 2017.