Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk (b. 1967) is a conceptual artist famous for his challenging approach to the issues of art content and authorship. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where his notorious 1991 MA exhibition, consisting of a whitewashed studio space containing a blue heritage plaque, stating “Gavin Turk worked here, 1989–1991”, led to him being refused a degree. Turk rose to prominence in the early 1990s as a member of the Young British Artist’s group, alongside Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas. His work continues to be exhibited internationally in New York, Hong Kong, London, Venice and Basel, to name a few. The artist’s works are held in a number of major collections, including the Tate Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Turk also has several permanent public sculptures including L’Âge d’Or, acquired by Sculpture International Rotterdam, Nail next to St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and Axis Mundi in Paddington Basin, London.