Gavin Turk

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.


Selected Solo Exhibitions
  • Gavin Turk: Letting Go, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Gavin Turk: En Œuf, Maruani Mercier, Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
  • Gavin Turk: White Van Man, Ivorypress, Madrid, Spain
  • Gavin Turk: God is Gone, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
  • Gavin Turk: Give In, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, London, UK
  • Gavin Turk: Who What When Where How & Why, Newport Street Gallery, London, UK
  • Gavin Turk: Wittgenstein’s Dream, Freud Museum, London, UK
  • Gavin Turk, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
  • Gavin Turk: Yard, CCA Andratx, Andratx, Spain
  • Gavin Turk: We Are One, New Art Centre, Salisbury, UK
  • GAVIN TURK, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Passengers, TJ Boulting, Fitzrovia, London, UK
  • Gavin Turk, Larm Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Gavin Turk: The Years, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, London, UK
  • Gavin Turk: L’Amour Fou , David Nolan, Upper West Side, New York, USA
  • Gavin Turk, Galerist, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Gavin & Turk, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, London, UK
  • Gavin Turk: Me As He, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland
  • Gavin Turk: En Face, Almine Rech, Paris (rue de Turenne), 3e, Paris, France
  • Gavin Turk: Turkey Foil, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
  • Gavin Turk: Turkey Foil, ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany
  • Gavin Turk: Gavin Turk Ltd, Paul Stolper, London, UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • Corpus Domini. Dal corpo glorioso alle rovine dell’anima, Palazzo Reale Milano, Milan, Italy
  • One Day It Will Be Like When We´ve Already Lived, Galerie Steinek, Vienna, Austria
  • Resistance(s), Maruani Mercier, Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
  • Fantasy of Having a Trailer Wagon All to Myself, Gallery 46, London, UK
  • Resistance, Maruani Mercier, Knokke, Knokke-heist, Belgium
  • Secret 7″: Planar 1/1, NOW Gallery, London, UK
  • ONLINE: A Home At The End Of The World. Part I, David Nolan, Upper West Side, New York, USA
  • Faces: Long Time No See!, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
  • Inspiration: Contemporary Art & Classics, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
  • Ben Brown Fine Arts: Celebrating 10 Years in Hong Kong, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Beg Steal And Borrow, Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK
  • 20 For 2020, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
  • Shaping Dialogues, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Installations From 25 Years Of The Falckenberg Collection, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, Germany
  • Time Is Thirsty, Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria
  • Galerie Simpson: Selection Box, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK
  • Museum, MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt – TOWER, Frankfurt, Germany
  • In My Shoes, The Harley Gallery, UK
  • In My Shoes: Art & The Self Since The 1990s, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK
  • All the World’s a Stage, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • By Any Means: Modern and Contemporary Drawings from the Morgan, The Morgan Library, Murray Hill, New York, USA
  • Group Show mit Tom Bola, Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
  • Au rendez-vous des amis, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
  • Through The Looking Glass, The Cob Gallery, London, UK
  • Pacific Breeze, White Conduit Projects, Islington, London, UK
  • She sees the shadows, The Roberts Institute of Art, UK
  • She sees the shadows, Mostyn, Wales, UK
  • DRAF x Mostyn: She sees the shadows, Vigo Gallery, St. James’s, London, UK
  • In My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s., New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, UK
  • In Times of Plenty. The Shape of Things Today, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Bridgeman Editions & The House of Fairy Tales, Herrick Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK
  • In My Shoes: Art And The Self Since The 1990s, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
  • 2050 A: Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • FaceValue2, Jealous Gallery, East, Shoreditch, London, UK
  • Young British Artists: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Gift, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK
  • Brit Art, Rhodes Contemporary Art, London, UK
  • Small Is Beautiful, Flowers, London (Cork Street), Mayfair, London, UK
  • Magritte, Broodthaers & Contemporary Art, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
  • Segnali Di Fumo, Mattatoio Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Poor Art | Arte Povera: Italian Influences, British Responses, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, UK
  • Turkish Tulips, The Bowes Museum, Durham, UK
  • The Clockwork Garden, The Bowes Museum, Durham, UK
  • The Book of the WORD, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
  • Doublethink. Double vision, Pera Museum, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Art in Art, MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow, Poland
  • Gavin Turk & Jens Wolf: Cracks in Reality, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
  • Pop Art in Print, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham, UK
  • I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper, Griffin Gallery, London, London, UK
  • NEON: The Charged Line, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK
  • NEON:The Charged Line, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK
  • Art & Design, The Fine Art Society, London, London, UK
  • Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London, UK
  • Bread and Roses: Artists and the Class Divide, The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  • Gavin Turk and Ewan Gibbs, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA
  • Wintertime, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
  • Two by Two, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
  • Beyond Limits: The Landscape of British Sculpture 1950-2015, Sotheby’s London, UK
  • Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture, V&A London, South Kensington, London, UK
  • The Multiple Store, Paul Stolper, London, UK
  • At the Crack of Dawn, Larm Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
  • Please Enter, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, Upper East Side, New York, USA
  • Sigmund Freud: Play on the Burden of Representation, Lower Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
  • Plate-Forme, Almine Rech, Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
  • Sculpture Show, Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Artists of the Colony Room, England & Co., London, UK
  • Sculpture after Artschwager, David Nolan, Upper West Side, New York, USA
  • Making Faces, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, UK
  • Factual Nonsense: The Art and Death of Joshua Comspton, Paul Stolper, London, UK
  • Home, Land and Sea: Art in the Netherlands 1600-1800, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
  • Plus Art Projects at The Mayor’s Parlour, Plus Art Projects, London, UK
  • Entr’acte, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
  • The Art of Chess, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
  • Group Exhibition, Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Post Pop, Gow Langsford Gallery, Lorne Street, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ideal Home, Chelsea Space, London, UK
  • Twenty: Group Exhibition, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany
  • Eat Me, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Zwei Sammler – Thomas Olbricht and Harald Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • Wax: Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Diamond are Forever, Scream London, Fitzrovia, London, UK
  • Be-Head, The Andipa Gallery, London, UK
  • Transcending, Larm Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Sculpture Park 2010, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
  • Playing the City II, SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Party!, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
  • Banners of Persuasion: Demons, Yarns & Tales, James Cohan, New York (26th Street), Chelsea, New York, USA
  • The House of Fairy Tales: A Portfolio Made by Artists, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
  • Sphères 2009, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
  • Galerie Krinzinger at Frieze Art Fair, Galerie Krinzinger, London, UK
  • Pop Life: Art In A Material World, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, UK
  • Pop My Cherry, Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • The Passionate Pursuit: Gifts and Promised Works from Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr., Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California, USA
  • On The Line: Shane Bradford, Oliver Clegg, Cédric Lefebvre, Ian Monroe, Ben Newton, Ayman Ramadan, Gavin Turk, Crimes Town Gallery, Stoke Newington, UK
  • Magritte and Light, Almine Rech, Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
  • Gavin Turk: Jazzz, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, Chelsea, New York, USA
  • Fresh out of the Box, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
  • Peter Saville : Accessories To An Artwork, Paul Stolper, London, UK
  • robert currie, GOODEN Gallery, London, UK
  • Ready Made, Yvon Lambert, Paris, 3e, Paris, France
  • Starstruck, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
  • GAVIN TURK, HELEN CHADWICK: PISS OFF, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria
  • Pop Art: Now and Then, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

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