farae naturae is the first London showing of a new collection of large pastel drawings by the sculptor Hew Locke. The drawings reworked images from Hogarth, Velasquez and Victorian prints to enable the creation of a cast of characters part human and part animal. They drew upon Locke's early memories of a colonial education in Guyana with particular reference to Nelson's West Indian Readers, which were widely used as textbooks and ensured that generations of Caribbean children knew more about British history than their own.
Locke graduated from the Royal College of Art with an M.A in sculpture. He was awarded a two year Delfina Studio Trust residency and was a recipient of a Wingate Scholarship in 1994 for a further two years. He won a New Discoveries Prize in the 1995 'Discerning Eye show, and has had a solo shows at Oldham Art Gallery, the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. Locke presented a number of works at the 1996 Whitechapel Open Exhibition, and is currently a Gasworks studio holder.