CV & Links  
Artwork by year :- Artwork by theme :-
2020 - 22 About Statues
2019 Architecture
2018 Boats
2017 Cardboard
2016 Coats of Arms
2015 Finance & Trade
2014 Public Artwork
2013 Royalty
2012 Soldiers
2011 Treasury
2005 - 2009  
2000 - 2004  
1992 - 1999  

Locke was born in Edinburgh, UK, in 1959; lived from 1966 to 1980 in Georgetown, Guyana; and is currently based in London.  He obtained a B.A. Fine Art in Falmouth (1988) and an M.A. Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London (1994). In 2000 he won both a Paul Hamlyn Award and an East International Award.  In 2022 he was elected a member of The Royal Academy of Arts, and was made an OBE in 2023.   

His work is represented in many collections including those of the The Government Art Collection, The Pérez Art Museum Miami, The Tate Gallery, The Arts Council of England, The National Trust, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 21c, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Imperial War Museum, The British Museum and The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

Online Resources

Links to films about individual artworks are to be found on their specific pages

Click here to see Locke with Prof Tim Barringer, keynote of London, Asia, Art, Worlds conference, Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, 2021 (1.04.00, conversation starts at 0.18.00)   

Click here to hear BBC Radio 4 panel discussion Race and the Public Space, 2020 (42.00)

Click here to hear What to do about Problematic Statues? and Hew Locke on Dancing Scene in the West Indies by Agostino Brunias, The Art Newspaper, 2020 (from 40 minutes)
Click here to see Locke in conversation with Prof Hammad Nasar, Ikon Gallery, 2019 (59.35)
Click here to see Locke talk about his practice, film by Studio International, 2019 (38.18)
Click here to see Locke talk about his practice and influences, film by DACS/Artimage, 2013 (15.38)
Click here to hear Locke talk about Charles Stanhope 3rd Earl of Harrington by Joshua Reynolds, Yale Centre of British Art, 2014 (20.09)
Click here to see Locke in conversation with Kobena Mercer, University of Miami, 2012 (1.27.25)
Click here to see Locke in conversation with Marcus Verhagen, Tate Britain, 2009 (1.18.17)
Click here to visit Hew Locke entry on Wikipedia
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Hew Locke : Here's the Thing

Texts by Richard Drayton, Jonathan Watkins and Diana Tuite.  Published 2019 by Ikon Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Colby College Museum of Art. ISBN 978-1-911155-21-8

Stranger in Paradise

Texts by Kobena Mercer, Indra Khanna and Jens Hoffman.  Published 2011 by Black Dog Publications in association with the Arts University College at Bournemouth and ArtSway.  ISBN 978-190731 7385

Hew Locke - How do you want me?

Text by the artist. Published 2009 by Editions Janninck.  Limited Edition of 285 numbered copies includes an individual work of art by Hew Locke ISBN 978-2-916067-40-7. Unlimited edition, without work of art, ISBN 978-2-916067-41-4

Hew Locke

With texts by Kris Kuramitsu and a conversation between the artist and Prof. Sarat Maharaj. Published 2005 by The New Art Gallery, Walsall.  ISBN 0 946652 77 5

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Presentations

2022 Gilt, Metropolitan Museum of Art Facade Commission, New York, USA
2022  The Procession, Tate Britain Duveen Hall Commission, London, UK
2019  Hew Locke; Here's the Thing, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Kemper Museum in Kansas City & Colby College Museum in Maine.
2015 The Tourists, HMS Belfast, London
2014 Give and Take, performance in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. Part of Up Hill Down Hall
2011 For Those in Peril on the Sea, St. Mary & St. Eanswythe church, Folkestone Triennial
2008 The Kingdom of the Blind, Rivington Place, London
2006 Restoration, St Thomas the Martyr's Church, Bristol
2005 Hew Locke, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
2004 King Creole, installation on facade of Tate Britain & at BBC New Media Village, London
2004 House of Cards Luckman Gallery, California State Uni & Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, USA
2002 The Cardboard Palace, Chisenhale Gallery, London
2000 Hemmed In Two, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 The Sea is History, Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway
2016-17 Artist and Empire, Tate Britain, touring to National Gallery Singapore
2016 XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador
2016 Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China
2014-15 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Fort Kochi, Kerala, India
2014-15 Prospect.3: Notes for Now, Biennial, New Orleans
2010-11 Global Caribbean, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, USA; MIAM, Sète, France & Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico
2010 Sikandar shortlisted maquette for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London
2009 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece
2009 South South: Interruptions and Encounters, Justina M Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008 Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
2008 Guangzhou Triennial, China
2007-08 Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum, USA
2007 Encuentro Entre dos Mares- Bienal São Paulo, Valencia Biennale, Spain
2006-07 Alien Nation, ICA, London; City Art Gallery, Manchester & Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich
2005-06 British Art Show 6, BALTIC Gateshead; Manchester City Art Gallery; Nottingham Castle Museum & Bristol
2005 Barrocos y Neobarrocos, Salamance, Spain
2004-05 Hew Locke and Diana Cooper, The Drawing Room, London; Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff & The City Gallery, Leicester

Selected Press

2022 New York Times, Bright Colors, Dark Subjects: Hew Locke's Unsettling Pageant

The Guardian, The Procession review

The Telegraph, The Procession review

The Observer, The Procession review 

The Evening Standard, The Procession  preview 

2022 Art Papers, A World Before the World We Know - Interview with Hew Locke
2019 The Guardian, Here's the Thing review
  Frieze, 30/5/19, Here's the Thing review
  The Financial Times, 30/3/19, Here's the Thing review
  The Art Newspaper, Here's the Thing preview
  The Times, Here's the Thing review
2018 Brooklyn Rail, Patriots review
2018 Artnet, Patriots preview
2017 The Art Newspaper, October issue - opinion piece responding to memorials of slave owners.
2014 ARTnews, April issue - feature and interview
2012 Beautiful/Decay, book 8 - feature and interview
   ARC magazine , issue 5 - feature Momento Mori
2011 Small Axe, March issue - cover and lead essay Hew Locke's Postcolonial Baroque
2010 Art  Forum, December issue - review of The Nameless
Don't Panic - profile and discussion of The Nameless and Sikandar
Kunstforum, February issue - cover and interview
2008 Art World, April/May issue - How Do You Want Me? feature
  The Evening Standard - Kingdom of the Blind review
2007 Art News, October issue - profile
2006 Sculpture Journal, volume 15.2 - Natives and Colonials feature and interview
2005 Art Papers, March/April issue - House of Cards review
Contemporary, issue 73 - profile
2004 Los Angeles Times p E19, 11/6/04, House of Cards review
Art Forum On-line Critic's Choice - House of Cards review
2002 Art Forum Online Critic’s Picks - The Cardboard Palace review
Art Monthly, June issue - The Cardboard Palace review
contemporary, June July August issue - The Cardboard Palace review
Frieze, issue 70 - The Cardboard Palace review



All images © Hew Locke & ArtImage unless otherwise indicated