Chris Locke doesn’t believe there’s anything weird about making a living with art. Or teaching kids that they can, too.

Why is it that when you envision impossible stuff while asleep, you’re dreaming. But when you think of impossible stuff while awake, you’re crazy?

Weird, right?

We tell kids they can be astronauts, we tell them they can be presidents, but for some reason telling them they can be an artist is beyond the realm of responsible parenting.

Chris Locke spent $100k going to school to be something other than what he was. Since then, he has sold thousands of drawings and paintings through his business Heartless Machine. And as an art teacher, he constantly tells his students and anyone who listens that they can be artists.

And that’s not weird at all.

About the speaker

Christopher Locke spent his formative years in and around Washington DC, immersed in art, history, and science. After graduating from the George Washington University, he moved to Austin to pursue a career in art, which has recently evolved into a career in teaching.

When Christopher Locke isn’t teaching, he’s busy making something out of nothing for Heartless Machine. Christopher Locke describes much of his work as “Figurative Industrial” and he enjoys blurring the lines between man and machine, old and new, as well as science and art. He also creates work that heavily relies on the concepts of waste avoidance and social commentary.

Chris is a former bucket-washer, screen-door-maker, hotel clerk, pawn assistant, theatrical painter, foam carver, clothing sorter, stage tech, and paint mixer. He fantasizes about someday being regarded as “the David Hasselhoff of welding”.

Favorite quotes from this talk

No quotes yet. Sign in to tag a quote!

Photos from this talk See all

navigateleft navigateright

    *Crickets* Sign in to add a comment.