Steve Locke is an artist and educator based in Boston. Portraiture is a central concern of Locke’s paintings, which deconstruct the codes of masculine desire, intimacy, and violence. The artist is best known for portraits of men’s disembodied heads, images that are precariously positioned between the humorous, violent, and vulnerable. More recent works have addressed racial politics and civic life in public space and at a larger scale, shifting into the territory of public monuments. Locke is a faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at sites including the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Drawing Center in New York, the Boston Center for the Arts, among others. Part of the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series at BU School of Visual Arts.