The name of Locky Morris is synonymous with visual art in Derry
His early work was overtly political, looking at the Troubles from a nationalist perspective.
In 1990 the artist stated that through his work he aimed to 'oppose British and all cultures of repression'.
Rossville Street Sculpture
This work chronicles a piece of Bogside folk history when in the RUC found themselves on the receiving end of an old cooker that had been hurled from a window of the Rossville Flats. Morris made several of these highly sought after miniatures depicting the event.
Town Country & People
Images of helicopters and dustbin lids (used to alert people to the presence of security services) were also used by the artist to highlight significant local issues, such as surveillance, raids on houses and funeral processions.
In Their Place, Derry, 1987
In 1987 Morris created a series of sculptures of human figures, which were placed on the city walls. This work, entitled In Their Place received a very positive reaction, after initial bewilderment from the public.
The figures were made of concrete, painted red and white with red reflectors and metal rings, referring to the 'dragon’s teeth' found around the city at the time. The title of the piece has a double, contradictory meaning denoting both an acceptance of subordination and an assertion belonging.
Comm exhibition, Manchester
Morris went on to hold two important and innovative exhibitions in 1992 and 1994 - Comm at the Cornerhouse in Manchester and Comm II at the Orchard Gallery. Both referred to 'comms'; prisoner’s letters written in tiny lettering on either toilet paper or cigarette papers and wrapped in cling film in order to be concealed in the mouth and smuggled out of jail through a kiss.
The artist's work has been widely exhibited including at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, the Ikon Gallery, Cornerhouse and The Puffin Room, New York. He also participated in the British Art Show, L'Imaginaire Irlandais, as well as other groups shows internationally.