Gavin Turk

British, b. 1967

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Gavin Turk

British, b. 1967

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Gavin Turk, one of Britain's infamous Young British Artists, is drawn to ideas about originality, self-obsession, and the nature of authentic expression. In paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video installations, Turk explores how particular pieces of art achieve masterpiece status and how artists themselves become celebrities. Mining diverse sources, from art history to popular culture, Turk examines the value structure inherent in the creative process. Joseph Beuys, Jackson Pollock, Elvis Presley, and Andy Warhol are among the celebrity artists who have captured Turk’s imagination. In a 2009 installation, Turk, sardonically questioning the value of an individual artist’s signature style, presented a series of abstract paintings that looked just like Pollock’s work. On close inspection, one discovers that the paintings are constructed not from dripped paint, but rather from layers of Turk’s painted signature.

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Biography

Gavin Turk, one of Britain's infamous Young British Artists, is drawn to ideas about originality, self-obsession, and the nature of authentic expression. In paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video installations, Turk explores how particular pieces of art achieve masterpiece status and how artists themselves become celebrities. Mining diverse sources, from art history to popular culture, Turk examines the value structure inherent in the creative process. Joseph Beuys, Jackson Pollock, Elvis Presley, and Andy Warhol are among the celebrity artists who have captured Turk’s imagination. In a 2009 installation, Turk, sardonically questioning the value of an individual artist’s signature style, presented a series of abstract paintings that looked just like Pollock’s work. On close inspection, one discovers that the paintings are constructed not from dripped paint, but rather from layers of Turk’s painted signature.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain
Group
Group show at a major institution
ICA London, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Gavin Turk
Articles Featuring Gavin Turk
Gavin Turk Installs a Wax Wittgenstein and a Neon Ego in Freud’s Home
Dec 8th, 2015
Conceptual Trickster Gavin Turk Returns to Galerie Krinzinger After 16 Years
Oct 23rd, 2015
Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, and Gavin Turk Push Print Boundaries at IFPDA
Nov 7th, 2013
Gavin Turk on What Printmaking Means to an Artist
Nov 1st, 2013
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