Gavin Turk Artworks

Gavin Turk likes to present work that makes viewers question his seemingly inflated ego, originality, truthfulness, or perhaps even his mental stability. He uses his public persona to look at art career strategies, the seeming desire for celebrity, and the apparent cultivation of notoriety.

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Turk's cockiness, cavalier recycling of art history, and incessant attention seeking might really get up your nose, even if he is spotlighting the highly competitive but standard marketing processes at work in the international art world. The question arises whether this typically postmodern brazen cheekiness is sufficiently interesting a fulcrum on which to balance a career. Is institutional reflexivity enough to sustain its audience's enthusiasm? However, as a career strategy, for this artist it seems to be working.

Note however that this sort of practice is a genre in itself, Turk being grouped with other similar sensibilities like Elaine Sturtevant, early Mike Glier, and Imants Tillers. While Tillers might have, say, his grids of canvas boards as a trademark means of mixing his multiple sources, with Turk it is his own face that constantly reoccurs in almost all of his quotational projects. That visage is the point. It is a loaded comment on artist personality cults. He rubs it in, never avoiding media attention—but seeking it. He likes to elucidate on himself, counting on charm to hold his audience to the world of Turkian art history.

Significant works by Gavin Turk include Artist's Piss (2021), Font (2006), Camouflage silver and fright wig silver and orange on taupe (2007), Rotten to the Core (2006), Double Beuys (2005), and Self Portrait (Fountain) (2005).

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Eine Kerze Brennt Noch by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Eine Kerze Brennt Noch, 2023 Oil on canvas
80 x 60 x 2.5 cm
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Zwei Kerzen Löschen by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Zwei Kerzen Löschen, 2023 Oil on canvas
80 x 60 x 2.5 cm
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Kerze und Schädel by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Kerze und Schädel, 2023 Oil on canvas
60 x 80 x 2.5 cm
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Holy Egg (White) by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Holy Egg (White), 2022 Acrylic paint on canvas
58 x 41.5 x 4 cm
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Flat Tyre by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork sculpture
Gavin Turk Flat Tyre, 2013 Painted bronze
54 x 64 x 20 cm
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Ficus by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork sculpture
Gavin Turk Ficus, 2021 Painted bronze
34.5 x 24.7 x 1.2 cm
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Holy Egg (White) by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Holy Egg (White), 2022 Acrylic paint on canvas
58 x 41.5 x 4 cm
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Holy Egg (Blue) by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Holy Egg (Blue), 2022 Acrylic paint on canvas
115 x 81.3 x 4 cm
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Holy Egg (Pale Pink) by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Holy Egg (Pale Pink), 2022 Acrylic on canvas
173 x 122 x 4 cm
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Peace Dove by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork print
Gavin Turk Peace Dove, 2019 Giclee print on Hahnemuhle paper
42 x 29.7 cm
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Portrait of Madame Blavatsky by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork sculpture
Gavin Turk Portrait of Madame Blavatsky, 2021 Metal and spiderweb
51 x 41 x 41 cm
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White Pop by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork print
Gavin Turk White Pop, 2011 Silkscreen on canvas
225 x 135 cm
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Pistoletto's Used Tea Cup with Bite Marks by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork mixed media
Gavin Turk Pistoletto's Used Tea Cup with Bite Marks, 2019 Digital print on mirror, polished stainless steel
80 x 50 cm
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Untitled (Newham 433) by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork mixed media
Gavin Turk Untitled (Newham 433), 2019 Plywood, plexiglass and found water-bottles
35 x 140 x 35 cm
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Titanic Fish Bar by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork sculpture
Gavin Turk Titanic Fish Bar, 2019 Painted bronze
0.2 x 1 x 9.4 cm
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Slumbering Bottle by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork drawing
Gavin Turk Slumbering Bottle, 2019 Watercolour on paper
33.7 x 26.3 cm
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Watercolour Water Bottle by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork drawing
Gavin Turk Watercolour Water Bottle, 2019 Watercolour on paper
24.3 x 31.7 cm
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Green and Pink with Rubbish Bag by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Green and Pink with Rubbish Bag, 2019 Acrylic paint on canvas
180.5 x 160 x 3.8 cm
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Water Colour Bottle by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork works on paper
Gavin Turk Water Colour Bottle, 2019 Watercolour on paper
38.5 x 56 cm
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Bag Soup by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork works on paper
Gavin Turk Bag Soup, 2006 Coloured ink on paper
95.5 x 70 cm
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Dinosaur Transit Disaster Silver by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork painting
Gavin Turk Dinosaur Transit Disaster Silver, 2018 Silkscreen on paper
244 x 185 cm
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Holy Egg (Small Brass Blackened) by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork sculpture
Gavin Turk Holy Egg (Small Brass Blackened), 2018 Patinated brass on birch ply stretcher
5.7 x 4.05 x 0.26 cm
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Newton's Apple by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork sculpture
Gavin Turk Newton's Apple, 2017 Painted bronze
2 x 25 x 6 cm
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Salvador Dalì by Gavin Turk contemporary artwork print
Gavin Turk Salvador Dalì, 2015 Lithograph print
50 x 26 cm
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