Hew Locke - BA Painting Associate Lecturer

Hew Locke - Sikandar. Mixed media. 2010.
Hew Locke - Sikandar. Mixed media. 2010.
Hew Locke - Sikandar. Mixed media. 2010.

Hew Locke is one of the UK’s most notable contemporary sculptors who uses recurring motifs, such as boats, royal portraits or insignia, in his works to address themes of history, power, globalism, excess and exotica.

Locke’s sculptures and installations are often made from found materials including plastic flowers, colourful fabrics and pound shop bric-a-brac, selected as much for their symbolism as their generic, mass produced feel. Assembled in grotesque baroque fashion, his works mix styles from world cultures and redress notions of heritage, class and collective identity.

Locke’s work is regularly exhibited in the UK and internationally, featuring at museums including Wellin Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Arts and Design, Brooklyn Museum (all New York), KAdE Kunsthal (Holland), The New Art Gallery (Walsall), Tate Britain, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Victoria and Albert Museum (all London), De la Warr Pavillion (Bexhill, UK), Little Haiti Cultural Center (Miami), Sète (France), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, The Power Plant (Toronto), Atlanta Contemporary Arts (America), Henry Moore Institute (Leeds) and Baltic (Gateshead).

Locke's work has also featured at the 2011 Venice, 2009 Thessaloniki (Greece) and the 2007 São Paulo biennales, as well as the 2011 Folkestone (UK), San Juan (Puerto Rico), and 2008 Guangzhou (China) triennials. He won the Paul Hamlyn and EAST International Awards in 2000, while Locke's Sikandar sculpture was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in 2010.

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