Hew Locke Exhibition and Paul Hedge Talk
This Saturday I went to a talk at ArtSway gallery where they are currently showing Hew Locke’s incredible show, “Starchitect”. Being a fan of Hew Locke’s work I have been very exciting to see this show since it opened and it certainly met all my expectations! I love his aesthetic of excess and it has really inspired me to be more confident in the out workings of my own ideas.
The talk was given by Paul Hedge, managing director of Hales Gallery who represent Hew Locke. Hales Gallery was started as an alternative space in Deptford, South London in 1992 by Paul Hedge and Paul Maslin. The space included a cafe, where Paul Hedge cooked, and soon became a well known meeting point for artists and creatives to come and exchange ideas. From here the gallery launched the careers on artists such as Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mike Nelson and Sarah Jones. In 1995 Hales became a commercial gallery and started representing international artists Tomoko Takahashi and Hew Locke. In 2004 they moved to their current premises in the Tea Building in East London.
The talk Paul gave was fantastic – insightful, accessible, and entertaining. He was incredibly down to earth and with a great ethos about the art industry – believing there was no need for elitism and transparency in the art market would be a good thing. He talked about how he started in the gallery business and how it operates. We talked about his relationship with artists, other galleries and different types of collectors. Really fascinating and a man you can’t help but warm too.