Hew Locke

born 1959


Hew Donald Joseph Locke (born 13 October 1959) is a British sculptor and contemporary visual artist based in Brixton, London. In 2000 he won a Paul Hamlyn Award and the EASTinternational Award.

In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square, London. In 2015 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge dedicated Locke's public sculpture The Jurors, commissioned to commemorate 800 years since the signing of Magna Carta.

Locke has had several solo exhibitions in the UK and USA, and is regularly included in international exhibitions and Biennales. His works have been acquired by collections such as The Tate gallery, London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2016 The National Portrait Gallery, London, acquired a portrait of Locke by Nicholas Sinclair.

His most recent exhibition, entitled Hew Locke: Here's the Thing, ran at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, from March to June 2019. It is scheduled for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (September 2019–January 2020), and Colby College Museum of Art (February–June 2020).

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Film and audio

  • TateShots

    Hew Locke:The Nameless

    Locke describes how his distinctive style came about
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    BP Artist Talk: Hew Locke

    In this evening talk Locke discusses influences such as architecture, popular culture and exoticism.


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