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Hew Locke

Born in Edinburgh in 1959, Hew Locke spent his formative years in Guyana, South America, before returning to the UK to study Fine Art at Falmouth (1988), and MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London (1994). 

Developing a practice that explores the visual codes of power and cultural diversity, Locke draws attention to a range of subject matter; including royal portraiture, coats-of-arms, public statuary, trophies, weaponry and costume. His ability to successfully fuse influences from both his Caribbean and British backgrounds, together with his own political and cultural concerns, makes for some witty, multi-layered works which amalgamate modern materials with historical subject matter. Applying a critical sensitivity to his creative practice, Locke’s work stands at a crossroads between cultural associations and historic references that interrogates the symbols of our age.

Hew Locke’s works are included in the collections of the Tate, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the British Museum, among others.

Selected artworks

  • Hew Locke,                                      The procession ,                 2022

    Hew Locke The procession , 2022

    Tate Britain Duveen Hall Commission 
    (installation of approx.150 figures) 
    Mixed Media inc. Cardboard, Fabric, Glue gun, PVA, Plastic, Fibreglass, Wood, Metal, Resin, Paint 
    Size when installed at Tate Britain approx: 5 x 6 x 85m / Courtesy Tate Britain

  • Hew Locke,                                      Ambassador 4,                 2022

    Hew Locke Ambassador 4, 2022

    Mixed Media Including: Resin, Metal, MDF, Fabric, Plastic
    162 x 50 x 137cm (horse and figure)
    64 x 19 1/2 x 54 in (horse and figure)

  • Hew Locke,                                      Ambassador 1,                 2021

    Hew Locke Ambassador 1, 2021

    Mixed Media including: Resin, Metal, MDF, Fabric, Plastic
    155 x 50 x 137 cm 

  • Hew Locke,                                      Souvenir 4 (Princess Alexandra),                 2019

    Hew Locke Souvenir 4 (Princess Alexandra), 2019

    Mixed Media on Antique Parian-Ware
    53 x 25 x 15 cm
    21 x 10 x 6 in    

  • Hew Locke,                                      Souvenir 2 (Edward VII in Masonic Regalia),                 2019

    Hew Locke Souvenir 2 (Edward VII in Masonic Regalia), 2019

    Mixed Media on Antique Parian-Ware
    55 x 38.5 x 22 cm
    21 5/8 x 15 1/8 x 8 5/8 in

  • Hew Locke,                                      Serpent of the Nile (Sejant),                 2007

    Hew Locke Serpent of the Nile (Sejant), 2007

    Chromogenic Print
    Framed: 231.5 x 181.6 cm
    91 1/8 x 71 1/2 in

  • Hew Locke,                                      Gilt - Trophy 4,                 2022

    Hew Locke Gilt - Trophy 4, 2022

    Fiberglass, Stainless Steel, Gilding, and Oil-Based Paint
    Image Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum exhibitions