|Hew Locke's Black Queen, 2004 reproduced from the April 2014 issue of ARTnews. © Hew Locke.|
Text | Elizabeth Fullerton
With a dazzling palette of beaded tapestries, blinged-out boats, and distinctive reliefs of Queen Elizabeth II, Hew Locke comments on the relationship between England and its former colonies
Hew Locke has had solo installations in London at Tate Britain, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as shows at smaller galleries in Europe, China, and the United States. Later this year he is having a solo exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London, which will coincide with a new commission for the former warship HMS Belfast, and there will be a show in November of new work at London’s Hales Gallery, which represents Locke. In October 2014, he’ll participate in Prospect.3 New Orleans.
Locke’s elaborate works have, at times, been relegated to the category of folk or naïve art, yet they are the product of a solidly trained artist, who earned a B.A. in fine art from Falmouth School of Art and Design (now Falmouth University) and an M.A. in sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London. His work sells, for $16,000 to $385,000 and is collected by the Tate, the British Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, among other institutions.
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