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b. 1983, USA

Loie Hollowell Biography

New York-based contemporary visual artist Loie Hollowell's paintings and pastel drawings of abstracted female forms are reminiscent of works by artists such as Hilma af Klint, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gulam Rasool Santosh, and Judy Chicago.

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Exploring sexual and autobiographical themes, her radiant and pulsating images call upon spiritual iconography and geometry to create impressions of different bodily forms.

Born in Woodland, California in 1982, Hollowell studied fine art at the University of California in Santa Barbara, graduating with a BFA in 2005. Following a Salem Art Works Summer Residency (2007), and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship (2011), she then completed an MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Autobiography has been a key part of Hollowell's practice since her explicitly sexual figurative works made in grad school. In these, she explored her own relationship in terms of bodily experience. Faced with the challenge of conveying emotional experiences relating to her body—period pain and abortion among them—the artist shifted her stylistic approach.

Hollowell's more recent works, such as her 'Point of Entry' (2017) and 'Plumb Line' (2018–2019) series, use an abstract language of geometric shapes to portray the physical and emotional experience of conceiving and giving birth to her child.

The artist's abstract language, defined by ethereal lighting and a vibrant colour palette, draws upon the characteristics of tantric art as seen in the works of Santosh and the early 20th-century Transcendental Painting Group, as well as feminist abstract artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Making sketches of the forms she seeks to present, Hollowell simplifies these down to a series of shapes and volumetric forms arranged symmetrically. Sacred shapes like the mandorla, ogee, and lingam, are repeated throughout the artist's works alongside ovular forms.

Although appearing crisp and flat from a full-frontal perspective, upon closer inspection, the artist's works have become more and more sculptural. New works shown in Loie Hollowell's exhibition at Pace Gallery in London, Dominant / Recessive (2018), consisted largely of multi-layered canvases with advancing and receding planes, curved and sharp-edged surfaces.

As a part of her process, Hollowell sculpts the underlying surface of her paintings with sawdust and high-density foam on linen-covered poplar panels, then coats these with gesso to create an even, white surface. She further adds surface texture by applying her vibrant oil and acrylic palettes with a combination of fine brushwork and sponges.

Working on an uneven sculptural surface, Hollowell reconciles real and illusory light within her works. Open to interpretation, Hollowell's works can be interpreted as two-dimensional and sculptural; figurative and abstract.

Highly sought after, Loie Hollowell's artworks have featured in group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Britain, and Hong Kong. In 2021, an exhibition at Shanghai's Long Museum, Recalibrate (24 April–11 July), marked the artist's first solo museum show in mainland China.

Loie Hollowell's paintings can also be found in several major public collections, including Arts Council England in London; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland.

Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2020

Loie Hollowell Featured Artworks

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Split orbs in mauve, yellow, teal and purple by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork
Loie HollowellSplit orbs in mauve, yellow, teal and purple, 2020Oil, acrylic medium and high density foam on linen over panel
121.9 x 91.4 x 9.5 cm
Not for sale
KÖNIG GALERIE
Split orbs in yellow and purple haze by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork
Loie HollowellSplit orbs in yellow and purple haze, 2021Oil paint, acrylic medium and high density foam on linen mounted on panel
121.9 x 91.4 x 9.5 cm
Not for sale
KÖNIG GALERIE
Split Orbs in gray-brown, yellow, purple and carmine by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork
Loie HollowellSplit Orbs in gray-brown, yellow, purple and carmine, 2021Oil, acrylic medium and high density foam on linen over panel
121.9 x 91.4 x 9.5 cm
Not for sale
KÖNIG GALERIE
Empty belly, full breasts by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork
Loie HollowellEmpty belly, full breasts, 2019Soft pastel and graphite on paper
66 x 50.8 cm
Pace Gallery
Descent into chaos by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork
Loie HollowellDescent into chaos, 2020Soft pastel and graphite on paper
50.8 x 66 cm
Pace Gallery
Deep tear by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork
Loie HollowellDeep tear, 2020Soft pastel and graphite on paper
66 x 50.8 cm
Pace Gallery
Linked Lingam in purple, yellow and green by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork
Loie HollowellLinked Lingam in purple, yellow and green, 2018Oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust, and high- density foam on linen mounted on panel
71.1 x 53.3 x 5.1 cm
Pace Gallery
Mauve Maiden, full frontal in blue and purple by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork
Loie HollowellMauve Maiden, full frontal in blue and purple, 2017Soft pastel and graphite on sanded paper
40.6 x 30.5 cm
Pace Gallery

Loie Hollowell Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Loie Hollowell, SACRED CONTRACT at KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin
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28 April–13 June 2021 Loie Hollowell SACRED CONTRACT KÖNIG GALERIEBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Group Show East Hampton at East Hampton, 68 Park Place, 540 West 25th Street, New York
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22 July–2 August 2020 Group Show Group Show East Hampton East Hampton, 68 Park Place540 West 25th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Loie Hollowell, Going Soft at Pace Gallery, Online Only, New York
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30 June–14 July 2020 Loie Hollowell Going Soft Pace GalleryOnline Only

Loie Hollowell Represented By

Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in 540 West 25th Street, New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul

Loie Hollowell In Ocula Magazine

Loie Hollowell's Shanghai Recalibration Ocula Insight Loie Hollowell's Shanghai Recalibration By Hutch Wilco, Shanghai

Loie Hollowell's geometric compositions use a personal lexicon of symbolic forms derived from religious iconography and architecture.

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Frieze New York Viewing Room Sales Exceed Expectations Ocula News Frieze New York Viewing Room Sales Exceed Expectations New York, 8 May 2020

Galleries have reported stronger than anticipated sales at Frieze New York's Viewing Rooms, which opened to VIPs on 6 May. The online event, initiated after the physical fair was cancelled due to COVID-19, opens to the public from 8-15 May.

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Loie Hollowell In Related Press

Pace Gallery opens Chelsea HQ with Calder, Hockney and more Related Press Pace Gallery opens Chelsea HQ with Calder, Hockney and more 8 October 2019, Wallpaper*

While a handful of Manhattan galleries have flocked south where Tribeca is emerging as a new cultural destination, it's the international blue-chips who are banking on Chelsea's staying power. The recent opening of Pace Gallery's 75,000 sq ft headquarters, designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, cements the powerhouse's presence in the city's...

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Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show 15 April 2018, The Guardian

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event....

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