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Loie Hollowell Artist Journey Into Painting Superstardom
Dawit Abeza
Loie Hollowell Artist Journey Into Painting Superstardom

Loie Hollowell Artist Journey Into Painting Superstardom

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. Hollowell moved to New York and started appearing in little exhibitions like one in Ridgewood, Queens, where she introduced her paintings of sensual nature. 

An encounter with the painter Ridley Howard, who was also an artist at VCU while Hollowell was there, prompted her to get a show at a venture space: 106 Green, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in the fall of 2015.

Among the individuals who purchased her work from the show was Joel Mesler, a vendor who months sooner had collaborated with Zach Feuer to open a two-space gallery on the Lower East Side of New York. 

In the wake of visiting her studio, Mesler offered Hollowell a showcase spot for her art and carried her work to NADA Miami Beach in December 2015.

 

Loie Hollowell

Loie Hollowell

In October 2016, Loie Hollowell had her first showcase appear at Feuer Mesler, a gallery on the Lower East Side of New york.

The paintings were intriguingly untrendy. Hollowell painted preoccupied female bodies in brilliant hued geometric shapes, flooded with a hallucinogenic gleam, gesturing to the sex organs in the blooms of Georgia O'Keeffe.

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After her first opening, a celebratory supper was held at a Mexican café on Orchard Street, and spirits were high, and with her dad giving an all-inclusive toast to the start of his girl's vocation.

The gallery sold a few works in the show, some for $8,000, and bigger ones for $15,000. Currently, her works sell between $200,000 to $300,000.

Hollowell had her most prominent exhibit when she opened the "Plumb Line," her first New York exhibition with Pace Gallery, as part of introducing the gallery's new 75,000-square-foot. All around the gallery are art titans such as David Hockney and Alexander Calder.

“I feel so honored to be in the company of these people,” Hollowell, told Artnet News before the public exhibit opened.

“It’s exciting that Hockney’s still alive and there might be a chance of meeting him. I mean, he’s like a god among painters.”

Hollowell's show remains with you long after you leave the steel-and-glass Pace Gallery.

She's created sex-forward maxim, making a jump to six-foot-tall canvases, her greatest ever. All her artwork was sold long before the opening of the gallery. 

Each painting is roughly $100,000, netting Hollowell a cool $450,000 after the gallery's 50 percent take.

 

Loie Hollowell Paintings

Loie Hollowell Paintings

Hollowell's artwork begins with covering the canvas surface with a hard trim glue and sawdust, then covering it with gesso to accomplish a clear white surface.

She further expands upon this surface by using fine brushstrokes with solid colors, and different surfaces.

 

Standing in Blue by Loie Hollowell

Standing in Blue by Loie Hollowell

Completed: 2018

Medium: oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust, and high-density foam on linen mounted on panel

Size: 72" × 54" × 3-1/2" (182.9 cm × 137.2 cm × 8.9 cm)

 

Touchy Subject by Loie Hollowell

Touchy Subject by Loie Hollowell

Completed: 2018

Medium: oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust, and high-density foam on linen mounted on panel

Size: 48" × 36" × 3" (121.9 cm × 91.4 cm × 7.6 cm)

 

From the Beginning (inversed) by Loie Hollowell

From the Beginning (inversed) by Loie Hollowell

Completed: 2017

Medium: oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust, and high-density foam on linen mounted on panel

Size: 48" × 36" × 3-1/2" (121.9 cm × 91.4 cm × 8.9 cm)

 

Direct Shot by Loie Hollowell

Direct Shot by Loie Hollowell

Completed: 2018

Medium: oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust, and high-density foam on linen mounted on panel

Size: 48" × 36" × 3-1/4" (121.9 cm × 91.4 cm × 8.3 cm)

 

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