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 teal, purple, and fuchsia by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Loie Hollowell Split orbs in teal, purple, and fuchsia, 2022 Oil, acrylic medium, and high-density foam on linen over panel
121.9 x 91.4 x 9.5 cm
Pace Gallery
Yellow Brain by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Loie Hollowell Yellow Brain, 2021 Soft pastel and graphite on paper
66 x 50.8 cm
Pace Gallery
Mauve Brain by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Loie Hollowell Mauve Brain, 2021 Soft pastel on paper
66 x 50.8 cm
Pace Gallery
Scarlet Brain by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Loie Hollowell Scarlet Brain, 2022 Oil paint, acrylic medium, and high-density foam on linen over Dibond and wood panel
182.9 x 182.9 x 8.9 cm
Pace Gallery
Teal Brain by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork painting
Loie Hollowell Teal Brain, 2021 Oil paint, acrylic medium and wood on linen over panel
182.9 x 137.2 x 8.9 cm
Pace Gallery
Milk Fountain by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork print
Loie Hollowell Milk Fountain, 2019 Screenprint in colours on wove paper
71.1 x 55.9 cm
Dellasposa Gallery Contact Gallery
Linked Lingam in purple, yellow and green by Loie Hollowell contemporary artwork painting
Loie Hollowell Linked Lingam in purple, yellow and green, 2018 Oil 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 works on paper
Loie Hollowell Mauve Maiden, full frontal in blue and purple, 2017 Soft pastel and graphite on sanded paper
40.6 x 30.5 cm
Pace Gallery

Loie Hollowell Recent Exhibitions

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Loie Hollowell Represented By

Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in 540 West 25th Street, New York, USA
Pace Gallery East Hampton, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles +4

Loie Hollowell In Ocula Magazine

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