Meet the Newly Elected Academicians – Debbie Locke

The RWA is one of five Royal Academies of Great Britain and Ireland and has a maximum membership of 150 Academicians elected by their peers. Earlier this year 6 artists were elected as Royal West of England Academicians, This week we look at the work and inspiration of Debbie Locke:

Debbie Locke RWA

'Retracing Your Steps - Bristol', 2013, Kinetic drawing installation , 1.5m wide x 2m high

‘Retracing Your Steps – Bristol’, 2013, Kinetic drawing installation , 1.5m wide x 2m high

Debbie Locke was born in London, studied at Wimbledon College of Art and now lives and works in Gloucestershire.  Her practice is predominantly drawing based and she often creates kinetic drawing machines to explore the process of ‘mapping’.  She’s particularly interested in what transpires when something as clinical and exact as measurement, is exposed to chance and random interference.  She exhibits widely in shows across the UK, is represented by One Church Street Gallery and is an Artist Member of Kinetica Museum in London.

 

Debbie Locke. Farmer cam in Barn 0300-0400

Debbie Locke. Farmer cam in Barn 0300-0400

Alongside her own individual practice, she works in collaboration with artist Sara Dudman and a farm in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset, attempting to capture the fascinating working relationship between the farmer, his sheep and his dogs.  The resultant paintings are regularly exhibited and were prizewinners at the Millfield Summer Show 2013 and the John Singer Sargent Prize 2014.

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