Gavin Turk
  • SPENT MATCH, 2005, Edition of 40, Painted bronze, 0.2 x 0.2 x 3 cm
  • FLAT TYRE, 2013, Painted bronze, 56 x 64 x 20 cm
  • View tube, 2009, Painted bronze, 10 x 3.6 x 4.5 cm
  • Untitled Pool Piss Painting, 2009, Urine and metallic paint on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Gavin Turk has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art.

Turk’s installations and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Concerned with the ‘myth’ of the artist and the ‘authorship’ of a work, Turk’s engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp.

In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, ‘Cave’, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence ‘Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91'. Instantly gaining notoriety through this installation, Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and has since been exhibited by many major galleries and museums throughout the world.

Turk has recently been commissioned to make several public sculptures including Nail, a 12-meter sculpture at One New Change, next to St Paul’s cathedral, London, England. In 2013 Prestel published Turk’s first major monograph, showcasing more than two decades of his work and in 2014 Trolley Books published ‘This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk’ which playfully explores themes associated with the artist’s work via thirty notable contributors.

Gavin Turk

Born 1967. Lives and works in London, Great Britain.

Selected solo exhibitions


Gav (Library Bar), Bruchium, Al Forno, Venice


We Are One, New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery Roche Court

A, Ben Brown Gallery Limited

Liqueur D'Expédition, Christian Larsen

Pense Bête, LARMgalleri

Vestige, Fondation Frances

Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight, The Bowes Museum


The Monaco Project for the Arts presents Gavin Turk – GT (The Project 2013), Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco

Vanacular, The Gervasuti Foundation

The Years, Ben Brown Fine Arts

L’Amour Fou, David Nolan Gallery


Gavin & Turk, Ben Brown Fine Arts


Jack Shit!, Aeroplastics

Before the World Was Round, Galerie Krinzinger

Me As He, Patricia Low Contemporary


Something Like This, Park Ryu Sook Gallery

En Face , Almine Rech (Paris)

Les Bikes de Bois Rond - Artconnexion, Artconnexion


Mirror Stage, Goodman Gallery (Cape Town), Goodman Gallery

Turkey Foil, Aurel Scheibler Gallery

Gavin Turk Ltd at Paul Stolper, Paul Stolper Gallery

Jazzz, Sean Kelly Gallery


Burnt Out, Kunsthaus Baselland

Piss Off, Galerie Krinzinger


Me as Him, Riflemaker

The Negotiation of Purpose, GEM


Waste Not Want Not, Galleri Veggerby

Last Year in Eggenberg (The Paradise Show), Schloss Eggenberg


Ha ha ha!, Almine Rech (Paris)

White Elephant, Sean Kelly Gallery

Melange, Galerie Krinzinger


Gavin Turk: Faces Edinburgh, Edinburgh Printmakers

The Golden Thread, White Cube


et in arcadia eggo, New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery Roche Court

Gavin Turk In The House, Sherborn House

Spare Change, Contemporary Fine Arts


Gavin Turk: Oeuvre, Tate Britain

Copper Jubilee, The New Art Gallery Walsall


The Importance of Being Ernesto, Galerie Krinzinger


The Stuff Show, South London Gallery


Turkish, Aurel Scheibler Gallery


Gavin Turk, Collected Works 1989-1993

A Night Out With Gavin Turk, Bipasha Ghosh Ltd

A Marvellous Force of Nature, White Cube


Signature, Bipasha Ghosh Ltd

Selected group exhibitions


The Wanderer’s Nightsong II, C&C Gallery

Chercher Le Garçon, MAC VAL Musée d’Art contemporain val-de-marne

Self: Image and Identity: Self-Portraiture from Van Dyck to Louise Bourgeois , Turner Contemporary


Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery

Futurekammer, The Holburne Museum

Paparazzi - Photographers, stars and artists, Centre Pompidou Metz

Sculpture Show, Patricia Low Contemporary St. Moriz

Lifelike, Phoenix Art Museum


Expression: A Philosophical Portrait of Humankind, Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong

Home, Land and Sea, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester


The Fabricated Object, Sumarria Lunn Gallery

Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion , V&A

London Twelve, City Gallery Prague

SNAP - Art at the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Aldeburgh

The End, Jacobs Island

Déjà-vu? The Art of Reproduction from Dürer to YouTube, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe

Curators' Series #5 - Bouvard and Pécuchet's Compendious Quest for Beauty, David Roberts Art Foundation

Lifelike, Walker Art Centre

Made in Britain, Benaki Museum

Gunslinger, Patricia Low Contemporary St. Moriz


Color in Flux, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art

Twenty , Aurel Scheibler Gallery

Wax, Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture, Copenhagen Gallery of Contemporary Art, GL Strand


Pop Life, Tate Modern

Pop My Cherry, Patricia Low Contemporary

Distortion, The Gervasuti Foundation

DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool

The Art of Chess, Reykjavik Art Museum


Demons, Yarns & Tales (London), Dairy

Cancelled, Erased & Removed, Sean Kelly Gallery


In My Solitude, Aeroplastics

Unfinished Symphony, Fine Art Society

Monochrome II, Fine Art Society


In the darkest hour there may be light: Works from Damien Hirst’s murderme collecton, Serpentine Gallery

In Between, Galeria Presenca


Art Out of Place, Norwich Castle

London Calling. Y(oung) B(ritish) A(rtists) Criss-Crossed, Kaare Bernsten


One Emotion (Emotion Eins), Frankfurter Kunstverein


The Art of Reinvention, Hotbath Gallery

Independence, South London Gallery


Face/Off: a portrait of the artist, Kettle's Yard

Second Skin, Henry Moore Institute


Art-Tube 01


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