Hew Locke’s work explores the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to attain power. Locke has focused on his fascination and ambivalence around ideas and images of Britishness in a global context, such as the royal family. Locke explores global cultural fusions, creating complex sculptural collages with an eclectic range of objects, including mass-produced toys, souvenirs, and consumer detritus.
Locke was part of Iniva’s group exhibition and publication of Alien Nation (2007). In his major installation Hew Locke: The Kingdom of the Blind Exhibition (2008) for Iniva, Locke explored the visual language of social and political power. The major exhibition was followed by a series of panel discussions, tours, workshops & talks. Locke is also featured within Iniva’s Emotional Learning Cards.
Born in Edinburgh, he spent the first seven years of his life in Edinburgh before moving to the newly independent Guyana and later returning to London in the 1980s. Locke completed his BA at Falmouth School of Art in 1988 and his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 1994.
Locke has exhibited extensively within the UK, including Tate Britain as part of BAS6, V & A Museum, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The Bluecoat Gallery and the British Museum. Locke was commissioned to make a permanent installation for the New Art Exchange, Nottingham. In the US he has exhibited at the Luckman Gallery LA, Atlanta Contemporary Arts and at the Brooklyn Museum. In Autumn 2008, Locke presented work in the group exhibition ‘Second Life’ at the Museum of Art and Design, New York.
Hew Locke is currently based in London.