He 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.

Past Exhibitions

Gavin Turk: Give In

Ben Brown Fine Arts
09/02/2017 — 12/04/2017

NEON: The Charged Line

Grundy Art Gallery 01/09/2016 — 07/01/2017

2050. A Brief History of the Future

Palazzo Reale
23/03/2016 — 29/05/2016

Gav

Calle del Forno 07/05/2015 — 22/11/2015

The Mechanical Turk

Hotel Metropole
01/05/2015 — 30/06/2015

Solo Shows

2014
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

2013
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

2012
Gavin & Turk, Ben Brown Fine Arts

2011
Jack Shit!, Aeroplastics
Before the World Was Round, Galerie Krinzinger
Me As He, Patricia Low Contemporary

2010
Something Like This, Park Ryu Sook Gallery
En Face , Almine Rech (Paris)
Les Bikes de Bois Rond – Artconnexion, Artconnexion

Group Shows

2015
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

2014
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

2013
Expression: A Philosophical Portrait of Humankind, Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong
Home, Land and Sea, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

2012
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

2011
Color in Flux, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art
Twenty , Aurel Scheibler Gallery
Wax, Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture, Copenhagen Gallery of Contemporary Art, GL Strand