Caio Locke in his studio and 'Covent Garden'
Caio Locke in his studio & ‘Covent Garden’

Caio Locke‘s artistic development has been influenced by the process of etching and his childhood memories of London and Rio de Janeiro. His works are conjured from his imagination and combine mathematical precision with abstract thought. He uses colour and form to express his personal response to the meeting of external and interior worlds. In this sense, the process has become a meditation, visionary in its merging of the spiritual and intellectual.

I considered the iconic symbolism inherent in the dialectically opposed sides. The pieces each contain an exterior architectural facade, with eight arches to illuminate an interior world. White is represented by colours which denote majesty through spiritual elevation, Black by colours symbolising work and industry. The hint of red is in reference to Bismarck’s “Blood and Iron” imperative to progress. The two sides become metaphors for competing human ideologies.

Caio Locke

Christie's Auction House exhibition with chess sets
Caio Locke Chess set at Christie’s Lates

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Caio Locke interview with Conrad Carvalho for Art In Fusion TV
bright blue and pink painting of a stylised London
‘Metropolis London’ by Caio Locke (extract)

Congratulations to Caio Locke who won the Landscape/Cityscape Category Award in Jackson’s Open painting Prize 2019. His meticulous and highly detailed fantastical cityscapes have earned him a reputation as a formidably gifted artist, whose impressive work continues to turn heads and gain attention. Caio Locke is one of our longest-standing collaborators and has produced numerous incredible Art Chess sets for Purling London, that draw inspiration from urban landscapes and the cosmos.

Caio Locke - bespoke games
Caio Locke at work. Art Chess by Caio Locke ‘Endgame’
Exhibition with chess sets by Caio Locke at the Brazilian Embassy London
Caio Locke exhibition at the Brazilian Embassy, London
artist Caio Locke with some examples of his work for Purling London
Caio Locke at work. Art Chess by Caio Locke ‘Endgame’.  Art Chess by Caio Locke ‘Day vs. Night’
intricately decorated chess set in white, gold and blue
Art Chess by Caio Locke ‘Sky Castle