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Lonnie Holley

American, b. 1950

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Lonnie Holley

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American, b. 1950

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385
Biography

Lonnie Holley is a man of many myths and talents. Born in Jim Crow-era Birmingham, Alabama, as the seventh of 27 children, Holley traveled across the South and held a wide array of jobs (grave digger, cotton picker, and short-order cook at Disney World) before making his first artwork at the age of 29. Self taught, he started carving sculptures from sandstone and then settled on his preferred material: found objects. Holley has made totemic sculptures from items such as steel scrap, plastic flowers, melted televisions, defunct machines, and crosses. His work has been collected by several museums, including the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Recently, Holley has also gained recognition for his music, and he has collaborated with the indie-rock bands Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
Hammer Museum, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Prospect New Orleans
Biography

Lonnie Holley is a man of many myths and talents. Born in Jim Crow-era Birmingham, Alabama, as the seventh of 27 children, Holley traveled across the South and held a wide array of jobs (grave digger, cotton picker, and short-order cook at Disney World) before making his first artwork at the age of 29. Self taught, he started carving sculptures from sandstone and then settled on his preferred material: found objects. Holley has made totemic sculptures from items such as steel scrap, plastic flowers, melted televisions, defunct machines, and crosses. His work has been collected by several museums, including the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Recently, Holley has also gained recognition for his music, and he has collaborated with the indie-rock bands Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Hammer Museum, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Prospect New Orleans
Articles Featuring Lonnie Holley
17 Artists Share the Music That Inspires Them in the Studio
Jun 27th, 2018
17 Artists Share the Music That Inspires Them in the Studio
A Santa Fe Exhibition Brings Together Rare Early Works by Thornton Dial and Sculpture by Lonnie Holley
Sep 4th, 2014
A Santa Fe Exhibition Brings Together Rare Early Works by Thornton Dial and Sculpture by Lonnie Holley
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Dec 20th, 2013
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