FCA: DONALD LOCKE: A CONSIPIRACY OF ICONS RECEPTION
Donald Locke (Guyanese, 1930–2010) was seminal in the development of a critical artistic framework for a post-colonial generation at the dawn of independence in the Caribbean in the 1950s and ’60s. Locke’s work reflects his complex cross-cultural experiences, especially during his time in Guyana and Europe. In 1979, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and moved from London to Arizona. In 1990, he relocated to Atlanta, where he maintained a studio practice while teaching at Georgia State University. Locke’s varied practices—including ceramics, paintings, collages, and drawings—focused on a cultural interchange among modernism and Guyanese, African, and Amerindian influences. The resulting hybridity of subject, form, and aesthetics is a defining characteristic of Locke’s work. A Conspiracy of Icons examines this theme in a selection of paintings and sculptures.