Gavin Turk


Gavin Turk directly embraced the concept of a selection box, and made the ultimate “Nice” biscuit. Each piece is hand cast in resin and hand painted by the artist.
Turk was born in 1967 in the UK. 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. In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, ‘Cave’, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence ‘Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91’. Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and was included in several YBA exhibitions. He has been collected and exhibited by many major museums and galleries throughout the world, as well as sculpture commissions including L'Âge d'Or sited in the Olympic Park and Nail, a 12-metre sculpture at One New Change. Recent shows of note include Galerie Krinzinger Austria,  and a major retrospective of Turk’s work at the prestigious Newport Street Gallery, entitled- ‘Who What When Where How and Why’.

Galerie Simpson are delighted to announce Gavin Turk's  'Door' series.


There is something (literally) stunning about these images - something about the way the form leaps and burns off the page. There is a radiance to the image and a radiance to the print.  The image is a reference to Magritte's painting 'La Victoire'  but originally rendered in dazzling neon.  The door can be a surreal gateway; an invitation to go somewhere - the other side, the imagination and to the great art alchemists of the past - a salute to Duchamp whose '11 Rue Larrey' is a door that is never open or shut.  Duchamp's door was built from wood and situated in his studio; Gavin's glows electric in midnight black space. It is this amazing, spectral (and spiritual) contrast thats presented, Op art in exquisite fine art form. To enhance the vibrancy of the neon, silk screen glazes are used, they also intensify the darkness within the image. It is printed on fine art paper using archival digital methods. Each work is dry mounted, with a framing option designed especially by the artist.


Proudly adding  'Blue Door',  'Green Door' and  'Pink Door' 2012  to our selection.

Each published in an edition of 35 + 5 Aps 




Gavin Turk is preoccupied with the idea of the celebrity artist, the effect this has on art history and how the work is thus interpreted. Turk draws on both pop culture and art history as themes. His works frequently question the position and influence of the artist and the value placed on the process of creating art.


Gavin Turk was famously refused his MA certificate by The Royal College of Art for his final piece, a white washed studio with a blue plaque commemorating his work there. Ideas of the importance of the artist and their overshadowing of art history have been thematically present from the beginning of Turk's career.  This is reflected in his works that depict himself as Che Guevara,  Joesph Beuys and Elvis Presley in a Warholian manner.


Recent shows include: Gavin & Turk, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Lifelike, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis;  Me as He, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad Switzerland.


Goodman Gallery and Galerie Krinzinger


Gavin & Turk  (solo show),  Ben Brown Gallery, London

Britian Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion, V&A, London
London Twelve, City Gallery, Prague
Snap, Snape Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Lifelike, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis
Curators' Series #5- Bouvard and Pécuchet's Compendious Quest for Beauty - David Roberts Art Foundation
Déjà-vu?  The Art of Reproduction from Dürer to YouTube - Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, Germany
Made in Britain - Benaki Museum, Athens


Me As He (solo show), Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad
Wax, Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture - Copenhagen Gallery of Contemporary Art, GL Strand

Before the World Was Round  (solo show), Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

Jack Shit! (solo show), Aeroplastics, Brussels

En Face (solo show), CAC, Centro de Arte Contemporanea
En Face, (solo show). Almine Rech, Paris

Elgiz 10, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul

Twenty - Aurel Scheibler Gallery, Berlin
Something Like This  (solo show), Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul
Les Bikes de Bois Rond (solo show), Fleet; Art In The Haven Ports, England
Blink! Light, Sound and The Moving Image, Denver Art Museum


Les Bikes de Bois Rond (solo show), Artconnection, Lille
Turkey Foil (solo show), Scheibler Mitte, Berlin
Jazzz (solo show), Sean Keely Gallery, New York
The Mirror Stage (solo show), Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
Pop Life: Art in a Material World, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg


For further past exhibitions of Gavin Turk's works please click here for his website.



Interview coming soon.

Gavin Turk pays homage to Alighiero Boetti in new show at Ben Brown Fine Arts (10th May 2012) 


Shahesta Shaitly, This much I know: Gavin Turk, The Observer, (12th February 2012)


Charlotte Cripps, Prisoners are pleased to be stitched up for Gavin Turk's new artworks The Independet (3rd February 2012)


TateShots: Gavin and Turk, (March 2012)


Jonathan Jones, Gavin turk: 'All sculpture is public sculpture', The Guardian (1st May 2011)


For further press click  here for Gavin Turk's website.

Green Door Pink Door Blue Door Gavin Turk

Pink Door

Digital Glicée, with silkscreen glaze
Somerset Satin 330 gsm
98 x 55 cms
Edition of 35 + 5 APs

£1,025.00 (excl VAT)

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