Artsy Impact Auction: Loie Hollowell, in Support of One Acre Fund

Artsy, in partnership with Pace Gallery, is honored to present an auction of a new painting by esteemed artist Loie Hollowell, in support of One Acre Fund.

Artsy is dedicated to promoting diverse voices and artworks by emerging and world-renowned artists who address critical issues of our time. Artsy’s Impact Auctions empower artists to sell their own work and donate a portion or all of the proceeds to a cause they believe in, thus allowing them to act as philanthropic agents of change.

Hollowell will generously donate 100% of this artwork’s proceeds to One Acre Fund, a nonprofit that supplies rural farm families in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa with everything they need to grow more food and earn more money. One Acre Fund helps these farmers, most of whom are women, increase their productivity by delivering high quality farm supplies such as natural seed within walking distance of their homes, and then providing training on improved farming techniques. This support enables farmers to significantly increase their crop yields and build permanent pathways to prosperity. One Acre Fund directly serves 1.6 million farmers, and reaches an additional 2 million families through partnerships.

Having grown up in a farming community in northern California, Hollowell knows how hard it can be to sustain crops from year to year. As such, she holds One Acre Fund’s mission very close to her heart. Her gift will directly support thousands of hard-working farmers in Africa to alleviate hunger in their families and communities during a period of unprecedented demand for food security from rural communities severely impacted by the crises of COVID, climate, and inflation.

Pressure in yellow-blue and mars violet (2022) advances the role of the semicircle within Loie Hollowell’s geometrically composed works. In recent years, Hollowell has continued to explore the possibilities for producing three-dimensional painting surfaces. After the birth of her second child, Hollowell began to incorporate body casts of both her and her friends' pregnant bellies and breasts into her paintings, pursuing more organic dimensional forms to protrude from her panels; as well as simultaneously considering a purely geometric and fully sculpted approach, as seen in this 2022 work made of an entirely cast painting surface.

Both of these styles expand Hollowell’s aim to illustrate, investigate, and reflect back to us bodily encounters and sensations from her own life that can be understood and interpreted by a large audience. Originating in autobiography, her drawings and paintings explore corporeal themes of sexuality, pregnancy, and birth. In referencing her own experiences, Hollowell’s paintings are at once personal and universal in their fierce vulnerability.

To learn more about this artwork, read Artsy Editorial’s recent feature on Hollowell and watch a video of the artist in her studio.

Pressure in yellow-blue and mars violet will be on view at Pace Gallery, 540 West 25th Street, New York, from March 14th–24th during business hours.

Bidding is open exclusively on Artsy and is scheduled to start closing on March 24, 2023 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Registration for the auction will close on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 12 p.m. EDT. For registration requests after the deadline, please contact We cannot guarantee participation for late registrants.

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