Daniel Locke is the co-author and illustrator of the Wellcome Trust funded graphic novel, ‘Out of Nothing’, and his work for this project was recognized with a Cheltenham Illustration Award in 2018. Later this year his second graphic novel ‘Two Heads’ will be published in the UK by Bloomsbury and in the USA by Scribner.
In 2019 he was commissioned to produce a new major artwork for Brighton and Hove’s new hospital. He recently finished an artist residency at HMP Swaleside, working and getting to know the inmates at the prison’s experimental PIPE wing.
“For the past decade my work has been involved with the themes of science, medicine and social issues. I have worked in a diverse range of environments, from artist residencies overseas, to care homes, housing associations and prisons.
The project I have submitted to this exhibition was commissioned in 2010 and produced during a residency at Saint Martin of Tours Housing Association in Islington, London. Saint Martins specialises in providing care and homes for people with mental illness. I was placed in a unit within the organisation that cares for individuals who have a history of violent crime. Over the course of three months I got to know some of the men and recorded their daily lives and personal histories in drawings and text. The residency culminated in the printing and distribution of my illustrated narrative as part of the Islington Exhibits art festival.”