Gavin Turk

(b. 1967)

 Gavin was born in Guildford and lives and works in London.  From an English Heritage plaque memorializing his presence at art school to wry paintings of his own signature, Gavin Turk has made a career from exploring the idea of originality in art.  Paradoxically, this questioning has made him one of the most original of young British artists, which has lead to his work being shown in such major public spaces as London’s Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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.



1989 -1991 Royal College of Art

1986 -1989 Chelsea School of Art



2010    Honorary Doctorate in Arts, University of East London

2007    Charles Wollaston Award, Royal Academy of Arts

2001    Jack Goldhill Sculpture Prize, Royal Academy of Arts


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017    Give In, Ben Brown Fine Arts London, London

Turkish Tulips - Museum Van Loon

Cracks in Reality - Marta Herford Museum


2016    Gavin Turk: The Box - Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

Petroleum - Baldwin Gallery

GT - Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery

Who What When Where How and Why - Newport Street Gallery


2015 Golden Delicious - Louisa Guinness Gallery

The Mechanical Turk - Metropole Hotel

Gav (Library Bar) - Bruchium - Al Forno

Yard - CCA Andratx

A Vision - Galerie Krinzinger

Wittgenstein’s Dream - Freud Museum


2014   Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight - The Bowes Museum

Vestige - Fondation Frances

Pense Bête - LARMgalleri

Liqueur D'Expédition - Christian Larsen

A - Ben Brown Gallery Limited

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


2013   L’Amour Fou - David Nolan Gallery

The Years - Ben Brown Fine Arts

Museums at Night - Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Vanacular - The Gervasuti Foundation

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


2012   Gavin & Turk - Ben Brown Fine Arts

Gavin Turk - Patricia Low Contemporary Geneva

TÜRK - Galerist

Transit Disaster - Paul Stolper Gallery

Door Print Edition Launch - Galerie Simpson


2011 Me As He - Patricia Low Contemporary

Before the World Was Round - Galerie Krinzinger

Jack Shit! - Aeroplastics


2010 En Face - CAC - Centro de Arte Contemporanea

Les Bikes de Bois Rond - Artconnexion - Artconnexion

En Face - Almine Rech (Paris)

Something Like This - Park Ryu Sook Gallery


2009 Jazzz - Sean Kelly Gallery

Gavin Turk Ltd at Paul Stolper - Paul Stolper Gallery

Turkey Foil - Aurel Scheibler Gallery

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


2008 Piss Off - Galerie Krinzinger

Burnt Out - Kunsthaus Baselland

Gavin Turk - Aeroplastics


2007   The Negotiation of Purpose - GEM

Negotiation of Purpose, Grenoble - Magasin

Me as Him - Riflemaker


2006   Last Year in Eggenberg (The Paradise Show) - Schloss Eggenberg

Waste Not Want Not - Galleri Veggerby


2000    Gavin Turk, fig-1, London

More Stuff, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

2001    The Che Gavara Story, Residence in the East End of London

2002    Copper Jubilee, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

Gavin Turk Ouevre, Tate Britain Sculpture Court Display, London

2003    Gavin Turk in the House, Sherborne House, Dorset

Gavin Turk: et in arcadio eggo, NewArt Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Salisbury, UK

Gavin Turk, Galleri Veggerby, Copenhagen, Denmark

Spare Change, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Gavin Turk, Oki-ni, Savile Row, London

2004    The Golden Thread, White Cube Gallery, London

Sculpture at Goodwood

Faces: A Print Portfolio by Gavin Turk, Paul Stolper, London

Gavin Turk: Faces Portfolio, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, UK

2005    Gavin Turk: White Elephant, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Gavin Turk: Melange, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

Ha ha ha!, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France


Selected Exhibitions

2003    Bag Lady, Cell Project Space, London

2004    Art 4 All, Tea Building, London

The Christmas Exhibition 2004, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, UK

Chaim Soutine, Happy Sailor, London

Jewellery by Contemporary Artists, Louisa Guinness Gallery, London

Mike Kelley: The Uncanny, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Domestic (f)utility, New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Salisbury, UK

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

Emotion Eins, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal / Kunstverein Frankfurt,

Frankfurt, Germany

Printers Inc.: Recent British Prints, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester /Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton / Park Gallery, Falkirk, UK

Paper Democracy.  Contemporary Art in Editions on Paper, Edifício Cultura

Inglesa, São Paulo, Brazil

The (de) Construction of Living, Odapark Foundation, The Netherlands

2005    London Calling: Y[oung] B[ritish] A[rtists] Criss-Crossed, Galleri Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway

The Stuff of Life, Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol / Laing Gallery, Newcastle / National Gallery, London

25th Annual Series of the ICI New York Studio Events, New York

Summer Exhibition 2005, Royal Academy, London

Art Out of Place, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK

Appearance, Whitehall Waterfront, Leeds, UK

M-City, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria

My Beauty Picture Show, 21 Tudor Grove E9, London

Superstars! The Celebrity Factor, from Warhol to Madonna, Kunsthalle, Wien, Vienna, Austria

The Drawing Show, Shangri-La Tattoo Parlour, London

Et Maintenant – What Now, Crac Alsace, Altkirch, France

2006    Culture Bound, The Courtauld Institute, London

Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

Theatre of Life-Rhetorics of Emotions, Lenbachhaus, Munich