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Almine Rech

Portrait of Hew Locke

© 2023 Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art / Photo: John McKenzie

Almine Rech congratulates Hew Locke for being awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for Services to Art, in this year’s King’s Birthday Honors List.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire rewards contributions to the Arts, Sciences, Charitable work and Public Service.

Developing a practice that explores the visual codes of power and cultural diversity, Hew 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.