Paulina Olowska

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The Alchemist

2015
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Paulina Olowska’s painting shows a woman perched on a high desk, looking ahead, as though she has been interrupted whilst reading a book. She is surrounded by scientific drawings and specimens of assorted mushrooms and fungi. Post-it notes adorn the wall, suggesting annotations made during the study of these items. The piece resembles a mid-century fashion photograph, and two long garlands of fungi cascade down from the woman’s dress. The title refers to the alchemy, an ancient proto-science where practitioners tried to turn base metals into gold. Paulina Olowska has likened her process to alchemy – wanting to create something entirely new, fascinating and perfect, out of paints and canvas.
  • Artist Paulina Olowska
  • Artwork The Alchemist
  • Material FSC Certified paper and wood
  • Date of work 2015
  • Credit Original: Oil paint, aerosol paint and graphite on canvas 220 x 150 cm Tate. Presented by Gaia Art Foundation, UK 2016 © Paulina Olowska
Paulina Olowska (born 1976) is a Polish artist who lives and works in Rabka Zdroj and Krakow, Poland. She works in paint, photography, performance, and video. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, and completed scholarships at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the Hague, Centro de Art Communication Visual (Arco) in Lisbon, Portugal, Centre of Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan, and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The portrayal of women is central to her work, which is held in international collections, including Tate’s. In 2015 she performed her artwork The Mother: An Unsavory Play in two Acts and an Epilogue in the Poetry and Dream suite of displays at Tate Modern.
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Please contact our customer service team within 45 days if you need to return anything from your order. We will be happy to offer you a full refund, replacement or exchange on any items excluding custom prints, Goldfinger + Tate furniture, face coverings and pierced earrings.

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Here’s more information on refunds & returns.

Delivery & returns

Delivery times

We aim to deliver shop products within:

UK – 1-2 weeks

European Union – 2-4 weeks

Rest of world – 2-4 weeks


Neon lights will be delivered in 2-4 weeks, as they are made in small batches and shipped separately from other items.

Delivery costs

We currently offer free standard delivery on UK orders over £60. Please note that this is offer is valid only online. Our other delivery costs are as follows.

For orders under £60:

UK – £3.60 per order

European Union – £15 per order

Rest of world (including non-EU European countries) – £28 per order

Limited editions

Due to the nature of our Limited Edition artworks, Tate offers rates for packaging materials to sufficiently protect the works and a fully insured, door-to-door courier service, for both UK and international shipping.

UK – FREE
USA & Canada – £80 each
European Union – £120 each
Rest of world (including non-EU European countries) – £150 each
 
 

Rugs

Rugs are dispatched directly from the Christopher Farr workshop, so they will arrive separately from any other items ordered from Tate Shop.

UK – £50 per order

For international shipping enquiries, please contact us at shop@tate.org.uk for quotes on delivery to selected countries.

 

Goldfinger + Tate furniture

As each item of furniture is made to order, delivery takes 12-14 weeks, and will arrive separately to any other items in your Tate Shop order.

UK – £150 per order using a specialist white-glove delivery service. An access check can be arranged for £80.
 

Food & Wine

Our collection of food and wine is only available for delivery in the UK. We currently offer free delivery on wine orders over £100, using a specialist white glove service within the M25 area.

Wine: UK only – £20 per order

Please note that our wines can only be purchased by those aged 18 years and over. Customers will be asked to provide proof of age upon delivery.

Here’s more information on delivery.

Refunds & returns

Please contact our customer service team within 45 days if you need to return anything from your order. We will be happy to offer you a full refund, replacement or exchange on any items excluding custom prints, Goldfinger + Tate furniture, face coverings and pierced earrings.

Unfortunately, after 14 working days we cannot refund any delivery charges or cover the cost of returning the item. You can contact our customer service team by email at: shop.online@tate.org.uk or by phone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (Monday – Friday, 9.45–18.00).

Here’s more information on refunds & returns.