Gavin Turk was born in Guildford UK in 1967 and attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London, completing his studies in 1991. Turk’s work was showcased in the original Young British Art exhibition series at Saatchi Gallery in 2005, and later featured in the 1997 Sensation show; he is one of the most recognizable names in British Art today. His solo museum exhibitions have included CAC Malaga, The Hague GEM Museum,

MAGASIN Grenoble, CAC Geneva, and Tate. Legacy, authorship, authenticity, and contemporary mythology are themes which run throughout Turk’s works, which often appropriate motifs, methodologies, and media from well known artists such as Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, and Alighiero Boetti. He is also well known for his self-portraits in the guise of famous cultural figures such as Sid Vicious, Elvis, and Che Guevara. Turk lives and works in London.

Gavin Turk

1967 Born in Guildford
Lives and works in London


1989 -1991 Royal College of Art
1986 -1989 Chelsea School of Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Wittgenstein’s Dream, Freud Museum, London, UK
Gavin Turk: The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
Petroleum, Baldwin Gallery, London, UK
GT, Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

Golden Delicious, Louisa Guinness Gallery, London, UK
Yard, CCA Andratx, Andratx, Spain
A Vision, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight, The Bowes Museum, UK
Gavin Turk- Pense Bête, Larm Gallery, Denmark
Vestige, Fondation Frances, France

L´Amour Fou, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA
Vanacular Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy
GT- The project 2013, The Monaco Project for the Arts,
Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastique de la Ville de Monaco
The Years, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK (April 26)

Türk, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey
Gunslinger, Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Gavin & Turk, Ben Brown Gallery, London, UK

Jack Shit!, Aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium
Before The World Was Round, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
En Face Vienna, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Me As He, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

Something Like This, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, Korea
En Face, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Les Bikes de Bois Rond , Artconnexion, Lille, France
Les Bikes de Bois Rond, Fleet: Art In The Haven Ports, UK
En Face, CAC Malaga, Málaga, Spain

Turkey Foil, Scheibler Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Jazzz, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, USA
The Mirror Stage, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Gavin Turk Ltd, Paul Stolper, London, England

Burnt Out, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland
Piss Off, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Gavin Turk, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

Me as Him, Riflemaker, London, England
The Negotiation of Purpose, GEM Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague, The Netherlands and Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporian, Grenoble, France

Last Year in Eggenberg (The Paradise Show), Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, Austria
Waste Not Want Not, Galleri Veggerby, Kobenhavn, Denmark
Wanted, The Suburban, Illinois, USA
The Font Project, Fine Art Society, London, UK

The Paradise Project, Fine Art Society, London, England
Ha ha ha! Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Melange, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

White Elephant, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, USA
Faces Portfolio, Edinburgh Print Makers, Endinburgh, Scotland
Faces: A Print Portfolio by Gavin Turk, Paul Stolper, London, England
The Golden Thread, White Cube Gallery, London, England

Subsistence, Galeri Veggerby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Et in Arcadia Eggo, The New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Salisbury, England
Gavin Turk in the House, Sherborne House, Dorset, England
Spare Change, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Gavin Turk Oeuvre, Tate Britain Sculpture Court Display, London, England
Copper Jubilee, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England

The Che Guevara Story, Residence in the East End of London, England

More Stuff, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Fig-1, London, England

The Importance of Being Ernesto, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Gavin Turk’s Rubbish, Decima Gallery, London, UK

The Stuff Show, South London Gallery, London, England

Charing Cross Road, London, England

Unoriginal Signature, Habitat Kings Road, London, England
(Part of British Art in Rome), Galleria D’Arte De Crescenzo; Viesti, Rome, Italy

Turkish, Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany

Collected Works 1989-1993, Jay Jopling, Denmark Street, London, England
A Night Out With Gavin Turk, Victoria Public House, Bapisha Ghosh, London, England; Schiefer Haus, Cologne, Germany
A Marvellous Force of Nature, White Cube, London, England

Signature, Bipasha Ghosh/Jay Jopling, London, England

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