Born UK, 1967
Gavin Turk was part of the Young British Artist set. He studied at the Royal College of Art, where his tutors famously refused to award him his final degree for his show Cave. The installation consisted of a blank room containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating Turk’s own existence as a sculptor. This act of dismissal instantly brought notoriety and interest from Jay Jopling and Charles Saatchi.
He has often used himself, dressed and posed as a well-known person, as in the subject of life-size sculptures, including Sid Vicious, Che Guevara and Jean-Paul Marat. Turk’s large-scale installations include The Golden Thread (2004), a huge mirrored labyrinth that referred to the anonymous architecture of corporations and retail outlets.
In 2008 Turk exhibited in Vienna in the spring and at Kunsthaus, Basel which coincided with the Basel Art Fair. In October, he will feature in the ‘Concrete & Glass’ festival, London, exhibiting with Riflemaker.