Locke's investigation of the display of power includes areas such as royal and swagger portraiture, coats-of-arms, public statuary, trophies, financial documents, weaponry and costume. He states: ‘This ...(work is) essentially about power – who had it, who has it and who desires it’.
Born in Edinburgh, Locke spent his formative years in Georgetown, Guyana, before returning to the UK to study. He received his BA(Hons) Fine Art in 1988 from Falmouth University, then an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 1994.
Locke has work in the collections including Tate, the British Museum, the V&A, Brooklyn Museum and the Perez Art Museum Miami. He has had solo shows in public galleries in
the UK and the USA, and has taken part in Biennials in Kochi, India; Prospect3, Miami; Guangzhou, China; Valencia, Spain and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
‘If I wasn’t an artist I’d be an historian’ – Hew Locke interview: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/nov/22/hew-locke-artist-interview-artist-and-empire-tate-britain
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