Loie Hollowell


Loie Hollowell (b.1983, USA) creates abstract, colourful pieces that are interpretations of human bodies as seen through the female gaze. Her art is autobiographical and explores themes related to sexuality, pleasure, pregnancy and birth. Hollowell’s geometric compositions use symbolic shapes such as the mandorla, ogee, and lingam to build her distinctive visual lexicon. For Hollowell, the scale of her work is particularly significant as she creates each work in direct correlation with the size of the body part depicted, be it her head, breasts, groin, or entire body. Furthering her exploration of physicality, Hollowell adheres sculpted forms onto her canvases to confound expectations of painting. Hollowell’s protruding forms are blended seamlessly, forcing the viewer to move around the canvas to determine whether it is an illusory flat surface or three-dimensional. This engagement with the piece further draws in the viewer and adds an element of interaction. Combining the 3D shapes with the flat paint, Hollowell masters the manipulation of space, surface, light and shadow. Throughout the years she has been honored with several awards and residencies, more notably in 2011 she was awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and in 2013 the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Summer Residency and the Queens Arts Fund Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. Since 2013 Loie Hollowell’s body of work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions. To name a few; Institut Für Alles Mögliche (Germany), RISD Painting Gallery (USA), El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (Mexico), Brian Morris Gallery (USA), Ballroom Marfa (USA), Massimo De Carlo (England), PACE Gallery (USA) and König Gallery (Germany) In 2021 she had a solo show at the König Gallery in Berlin. Her work has been sold by Christie’s Auction House New York as well as Christie’s Auction House London.

Exhibitions with L V H
Selected Work
Linked Lingams in Yellow and Purple, 2015 | Oil on linen mounted on panel