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  

chines imperial gold loanhuaknag railways

Chinese Imperial Gold Loan, 2011   50 x 40cm.                                 Hukang Railways Gold Loan, 2011  55 x 36cm

2009 onwards
Acrylic on original antique share certificates
Finance & Trade  

“The syndicate benefits when I benefit . . . because everybody has a share”
Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder, Catch-22, Joseph Heller, 1961

“What’s good for General Motors is good for the country”
attributed to General Motors President Charles Wilson, the US Secretary of Defense, 1953


Share certificates are a window into the history and movement of money, power and ownership. Newborn companies garland their shares with confident typography and classical motifs implying stability and worth. The numerous Egyptian and South African certificates straddling the turn of the twentieth-century indicate where the big money flowed and pooled.  The modern market in collectible shares has its own logic, the most successful companies do not command the highest prices, fine engravings are preferred. The cost of old Royal Bank of Scotland shares rocketed after they were bailed out by the British tax-payer in 2008. 

His re-workings obscure or highlight information. Figures representative of the local population are seen breaking through. The continuity of ancient and modern trading centres is pointed up. Winners and losers choke and spew up the poisonous riches they have struggled so hard to swallow.  Our appetite is whetted to discover more about companies and their relationships - such as the Steel Corporation of Bengal and Tata; Cairo Electric Railways and Heliopolis Palace Hotel; Sinclair Oil and Terror-Free Oil.

This series is also a wry acknowledgement of the commodity value of contemporary art.  Now you too can invest in a share of Hew Locke.

See also Song of the South

sinclair oilguantanamo railway

Sinclair Oil, 2009   36 x 25cm.                                                         Ferro-Carrill de Guantanamo, 2009  28 x 26cm.

All images © Hew Locke & ArtImage unless otherwise indicated