About the artist

Gavin Turk CV


1967 Born in Guildford

Lives and works in London



1989 -1991 Royal College of Art

1986 -1989 Chelsea School of Art





2012 Gavin & Turk, Ben Brown Gallery, London, UK

2012 Title TBC, Trinity Contemporary London, UK

2011 Me As He, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

2011 Before The World Was Round, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

2011 Jack Shit!, Aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium

2010  Something Like This, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, Korea 

2010 En Face, CAC Malaga, Spain and Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

2010 Les Bikes de Bois Rond, Fleet: Art In The Haven Ports, England and 

2010 Artconnexion Lille, France

2009 Turkey Foil, Scheibler Mitte, Berlin, Germany

2009 Jazzz, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, USA

2009 The Mirror Stage, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2009 Gavin Turk Ltd, Paul Stolper, London, England

2008 Burnt Out, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland

2008 Piss Off, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

2008 Gavin Turk, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

2007 Me as Him, Riflemaker, London, England

2007 The Negotiation of Purpose, GEM Museum for Contemporary Art, The         

2007 Hague, The Netherlands and Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporian, Grenoble, France

2006 Last Year in Eggenberg (The Paradise Show), Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, Austria

2006 Waste Not Want Not, Galleri Veggerby, Kobenhavn, Denmark

2006 Wanted, The Suburban, Illinois, USA

2006 The Font Project, Fine Art Society, London, UK

2005 The Paradise Project, Fine Art Society, London, England

2005 Ha ha ha! Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

2005 Melange, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

2004 White Elephant, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, USA

2004 Faces Portfolio, Edinburgh Print Makers, Endinburgh, Scotland

2004 Faces: A Print Portfolio by Gavin Turk, Paul Stolper, London, England

2004 The Golden Thread, White Cube Gallery, London, England 

2003 Subsistence, Galeri Veggerby, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003 Et in Arcadia Eggo, The New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Salisbury, England

2003 Gavin Turk in the House, Sherborne House, Dorset, England

2003 Spare Change, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

2002 Gavin Turk Oeuvre, Tate Britain Sculpture Court Display, London, England

2002 Copper Jubilee, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England

2001 The Che Guevara Story, Residence in the East End of London, England

2000 More Stuff, Centre d’Art Contemporian, Geneva, Switzerland

2000 Fig-1, London, England

1999 The Importance of Being Ernesto, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

1999 Gavin Turk’s Rubbish, Decima Gallery, London, UK

1998 The Stuff Show, South London Gallery, London, England

1997 Charing Cross Road, London, England

1996 Unoriginal Signature, Habitat Kings Road, London, England

(Part of British Art in Rome), Galleria D’Arte De Crescenzo & Viesti, Rome, Italy

1995 Turkish, Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany

1993 Collected Works 1989-1993, Jay Jopling, Denmark Street, London, England

1993 A Night Out With Gavin Turk, Victoria Public House, Bapisha Ghosh, London, England and Schiefer Haus, Cologne, Germany

1993 A Marvellous Force of Nature, White Cube, London, England

1992 1Signature, Bipasha Ghosh/Jay Jopling, London, England





2012 Deja-vu? The Art of Copying from Durer to You Tube, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

2012 Gunslinger, Patricia Low Contemporary, St Moritz, Switzerland

2012 Curators' Series #5 - Bouvard and Pécuchet's Compendious Quest for Beauty, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, England

2012 Made in Britain, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

2011   Elgiz 10, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey

2011 Twenty, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany

2011 Small, Medium, Large, Donjon de Vez, France

2011 Color in Flux, Wesserburg Museum, Germany

2011 The Art of Chess, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic 

2011 The Art of Chess, Bendigo Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

2011 The Art of Chess, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia

2011 Wax, Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture, Copenhagen Gallery of 

2011 Contemporary Art, GL Strand, Denmark and Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

2011 Blink! Light, Sound and the Moving Image, Denver Art Museum, USA

2010 Be-Head, Andipa Gallery, London, England

2010 Transcending, LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, Denmark  

2010 Pop Life: Art in a Material World, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

2010 Pop Life: Art in a Material World, National Gallery of Canada, Toronto, Canada

2010 Playing the City, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany   

2010 Seconde Main, Musee d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

2010 Object Culture, Red Gallery, London, England

2010 The House of Fairy Tales at Millennium, Millennium, St Ives, England

2010 Peeping Tom, Vegas Gallery, London, England

2010 Exhibitionism: The Art of Display, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, England

2010 Sur Le Dandysme Aujourd’hui, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporànea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2010 Demons Yarns & Tales, James Cohen Gallery, New York, USA

2010 Identity Theft, Mimmo scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

2009 No Show, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, New York, USA

2009 Magritte and Light, Almine Recch, Paris, France

2009 Pop Life: Art in a Material World, Tate Modern, London, England

2009 That’s All Folks, Aeroplastics, Bruges, Belgium

2009 The Horn of Plenty, Viktor Wynd Fine Arts Inc, London, England

2009 Bricks, Area 10 Project Space, London, England

2009 The (R)Evolution of Urban Art, Warrington Museum, Warrington, England

2009 Sphères, Galleria Continua/Le Moulin, Paris, France

2009 Pop My Cherry, Patricia Low Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland

2009 No Show, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York USA

2009 Encomion, Fine Art Society, London, England

2009 The Passionate Pursuit, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs, USA

2009 Another Air, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy

2009 Distortion, The Gervasuti Foundation at the 53rd International Art Exhibition at the 53rd Venice Bienale, Venice, Italy

2009 On the Line, Crimes Town, London, England

2009 Magritte and light, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2009 Wholesque?, Richard Young Gallery, London, England

2009 May Day-The Dark Times, F-SH, Hastings, England

2009 DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England

2009 The Sculpture Show, V22 at The Almond Building, London, England

2009 The Art of Chess, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

2009 Something I’ll Never really See, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, England

2009 Voodoo, Riflemaker, London, England

2008 Rock My Religion, Domnus Artium, Salamanca, Spain

2008 Presque Rein II, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, England

2008 Shaping A Space II, Mario Sequeira Gallery, Braga, Portugal

2008 Demons, Yarns & Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists, The Dairy, London, England

2008 The Art of Chess, Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2008 Cancelled, Erased, and Removed, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, USA

2008 Rock My Religion, DA2, Salamanca, Spain

2008 Demons, Yarns & Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists, The Loft, Miami, USA

2008 Fresh Out of The Box, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, England

2008 Presque Rien 2, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, England

2008 Accessories to an Artwork:, Paul Stolper, London, England

2008 American and British Artists, Galleria Il Cerchio, Milan, Italy

2008 The Art of Chess, Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2008 Shaping Space II, Galeria Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal

2008 Cancelled, Erased & Removed, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

2008 Starstruck, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, England

2008 Piss Off, Galerie Krinzinger, Wein, Austria

2008 Something That I’ll Never really See: Contemporary Photography from the V&A, Apthorp Gallery, London, England

2007 Ready Made, Yvon Lambert, New York, New York, USA

2007 PURE, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, USA

2007 Role Exchange, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, USA

2007 Starstruck, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England

2007 Unfinished Symphony, The Fine Art Society, London, England

2007 Freaks Show, Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon, Lyon, France

2007 In My Solitudes, Aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium

2007 Unfinished Symphony, Fine Art Society, London, England

2007 Contemporary and Cutting Edge: Pleasures of Collecting Part III, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, USA

2007 Summer Exhibition 2007, Royal Academy, London, England

2007 The Collective, Paul Stolper, London, England

2007 Says the Junk in the Yard, Flowers East, London, England

2007 Monochromed II: White Out, Fine Art Society, London, England

2007 Role Exchange, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

2007 Freaks Show, Musée d’Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France

2007 Timer 01 (Intimacy)-Contemporary Art in Real Time, Trienniale di Milano, Milan, Italy

2007 Back to Hackney, Amp,London, England

2007 Draw, MIMA, Middlesborough, England

2006 In Between, Galleria Presenca, Porto, Portugal

2006 Beauty and The Beast, National Trust, Stourhead, England

2006 Che Guevara: Revolutionary and Icon, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

2006 Crivelli’s Nail, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

2006 Dark Matter, White Cube, London, England

2006 The Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

2006 Primitivism Revisited: After the End of an Idea, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

2006 In the Darkest Hour there May be Light: Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, Serpentine Gallery, London, England

2006 The Signing, Keith Talent Gallery, London, England

2006 Six Feet Under: Autopsy of Our Relation to the Dead, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

2006 Summer Exhibition 2006, Royal Academy, London, England

2006 Museum Vitale, Städtisches Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2006 Monochromed, Fine Art Society, London, England

2006 Darkness Visible, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, England

2006 Beauty and the Beast, Stourhead Landscape Gardens, Wiltshire, England

2006 Day Glow, OneNita, London, England

2006 Dark Matter, White Cube, London, England

2006 World Cup, 39 Gallery, London, England

2006 In Between, Galeria Presenca, Porto, Portugal

2006 Stage of Life – Rhetorics of Emotion, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau ,Munich, Germany

2006 Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

2006 Culture Bound, The Courtauld Institute, London England

2005 Art out of Place, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, England

2005 Summer Exhibition 2005, Royal Academy, London, England

2005 25th Annual Series – ICI New York Studio Events, New York, New York, USA

2005 The Stuff of Life, Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, England

2005 Et Maintenant? Crac Space, Alsace, France

2005 Superstars, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria

2005 M City, Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria

2005 Global Warning, Fine Art Society, London, England

2005 London Calling: Y(oung) B(ritish) A(rtists) Criss-Crossed, Galleri Kaare, Oslo, Norway

2005 Et Maintenant, Crac Alsace, Altkirch, France

2005 The drawing Show, Shangri-La Tattoo Parlour, London, Engand

2005 Superstars! The Celebrity Factor, from Warhol to Madonna, Kunsthale Wein, Wein, Germany

2005 Bone Idle, Charing X Gallery, London, England

2005 My Beauty picture Show, 21 Tudor Grove, London, England

2005 M-City, Kunsthaus Gratz, Graz, Austria

2005 The Wonderful fund Collection, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England

2005 Appearance, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England

2005 England Their England, Laden Fuer Nichts, Leipzig, Germany

2005 Teeth & Trousers, Ideal House, London, England

2005 The Stuff of Life, The National Gallery, London, England

2005 Art Out of Place, Norwich Castle, Norwich, England

2005 (My Private) Heroes, Marta Herford Museum of Art and Design, Herford, Germany

2005 LAT-Living Apart Together, Odapark Foundation, Venray, the Netherlands

2004 The (de)Construction of Living, Odapark Foundation, The Netherlands

2004 Paper Democracy, Contemporary Art in Editions on Paper, Ediffico Cultura Inglesa, São Paulo, Brazil

2004 Printers Inc.:Recent British Prints, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, England

2004 Emotion Eins, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal/Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

2004 Summer Exhibition, Roual Academy, London, England

2004 Domestic (F)Utility, New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Salisbury, England

2004 Mike Kelley: The Uncanny, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England

2004 Jewelry By Contemporary Artists, Louisa Guinness Gallery, London, England

2004 Chaim Soutine, Happy Sailor, London, England

2004 The Christmas Exhibition 2004, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, Scotland

2004 Art 4 All, Tea Building, London, England

2004 The Art of Reinvention, Hotbath Gallery, Bath, England

2003 Bag Lady, Cell Project Space, London, England

2003 The Art of Reinvention, Hotbath Gallery, Bath, England

2003 Sculpture, London Institute Gallery, London, England

2003 Artlab Especial, Mobile Home, London, England

2003 FRESH: Contemporary British Artists in Print, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, Scotland

2003 The Square Show, Bloomberg Space, London, England

2003 Identity, Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, London, England

2003 Independence, South London Gallery, London, England

2003 Coollustre, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France

2003 Let’s See the Nature in You, Pepperton Gallery, London

2003 April Fool, New Inn Gallery, London, England

2002 It’s Unfair, Museum de Pavilijeons, The Netherlands

2002 Face Off: A Portrait of the Artist, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, England

2002 Second Skin, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England

2002 Hommage an Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien, Germany

2002 Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England

2002 The Unblinking Eye, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2002 Wascherne Identitaten, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany

2002 Thinknot, Christopher Farr, London, England

2001 Heart of Glass, Mirror, London, England

2001 Art-Tube 01, Café De Paris, London, England

2001 East Wing Collection No. 5, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England

2001 Printers Inc. The Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

2001 The Colony Room Club: 2001, A Space Oddity, A22 Projects, London, England

2001 Abbild, recent Portraiture and Depiction, Steirisc[:her:]bst, Landesmuseum, Graz, Austria

2001 Teeth and Trousers, Ideal House, London, England

2001 Tattoo Show, Modern Art, London, England

2001 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, England

2001 Mind the Gap, Wettering Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2001 The Saatchi Gallery Eyestorm Collection, The Saatchi Gallery, London, England  

2001 Please Disturb Me, Great Eastern Hotel, London, England  

2001 Dead, The Roundhouse, London, England  

2001 Century City, Tate Modern, London, England  

2001 Insider Trading: profit without honour, Mandevilee Hotel, London, England

2001 Looking With/Out, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England

2001 Import II, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2000 In Memoriam, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England  

2000 Conversation, Milton Keynes Gallery, Buckinghamshire, England  

2000 Ever get the feeling you’ve been…, A22 Projects, London, England  

2000 Warning Shots: Contemporary art exploring themes of conflict and violence, Royal Armories Museum, Leeds, England  

2000 Out There, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London, England  

2000 Ant Noises, Saatchi Gallery, London, England  

2000 White Ass European Cowboys, Rob Malasch/Galerie Serieuze Zaken, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  

2000 Art at the Dome, Greenwich, London, England  

2000 Psych, Anne Faggionato, London, England  

2000 Printers Inc. Recent British prints, Hayward Gallery, London, England

2000 Art at the Dome, Millennium Dome, London, England

2000 Psycho, Anne Faggionato, London, Engand

1999  The Self Absorbed, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington, USA 

1999 6th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey  

1999 Officina Europa, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy  

1999 Now It’s My Turn to Scream (Works by Contemporary British Artists from The Logan Collection), Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

1999 Self Evident, Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1999 Skin Deep, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel  

1999 Gronningen, Charlottenbrog, Copenhagen, Denmark  

1999 Mode of Art, Kunstverein, Dusseldorf, Germany 

1999 Half Dust, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 

1999 Mode of Art, Kunstverein, Düsseldorf, Germany

1998 UK Maximum Diversity, Galerie Krinzinger, Benger Fabrik Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria  

1998 Dinstinctive Elements: Contemporary British Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea 

1998 New Displays, The Canon Photography Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England  

1998 Bathroom, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, USA 

1998 Feeringbury VIII, Cultivated, Feeringbury Manor, Feering and Firstsite, Colchester, England  

1998 Drawing Itself, London Institute Gallery, London, England  

1998 Heatwave, The Waiting Room, School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton, England  

1998 Shoreditch Electricity Showrooms, Hoxton Square, London, England  

1998 Camouflage 2000, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France  

1997 Sensation, Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England  

1997 Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany  

1997 Material Culture, Hayward Gallery, London, England  

1997 Renovate, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, England  

1997 Dissolution, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, England  

1997 Mutants, Galerie Philippe Rizzo, Paris, France  

1997 All of a Sudden II, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany

1997 Aspirational Living, Oxo Tower, London, England

1996 Plastic, Richard Salmon, London; Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England  

1996 Other Men’s Flowers, Aurel Scheibler, Cologne; The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy  

1996 Private View, The Bowes Museum/Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England  

1996 Two Seconds, Nine Months, Bankside London, England  

1996 Fuck Off, Bank, London, England  

1996 Museum Vitale, Museum Schloß Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Hannover, Germany  

1996 All of a Sudden, Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany  

1996 Sex & Crime, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany  

1996 Works on Paper, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland  

1995 Young British Artists III, Saatchi Collection, London, England  

1995 Mito, Museo Dell’arredo, Ravenna, Italy  

1995 Hardcore (Part II), Factual Nonsense, London, England  

1995 Other Men’s Flowers, Icebox, Athens, Greece  

1995 Beauty is Fluid, Dering Street, London, England  

1995 Contemporary British Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

1994 Karaoke & Football, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany  

1994 The Shuttle, Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin, Germany  

1994 The Fate Worse than Death, Hoxton Square, London, England  

1994 Miniatures, The Agency, London, England  

1994 Other Men’s Flowers, Factual Nonsense, London, England  

1992 Seventeen, Greenwich Street, New York, New York, USA

1992 Molteplici/Cultura, Speaker Project, Rome, Italy

1992 Tattoo, Jennifer Flay, Paris; Andrea Rosen, New York, New York, USA

1992 London Portfolio, Karsten Schubert, London, England  

1992 Il Mistero dei 100 Dollari Scomparsi, GioMarconi, Milan, Italy  

1991 Group Exhibition, Clove Gallery, London, England  


past exhibitions

29 June – 23 September 2012

London Twelve

City Gallery of Prague
1 – 28 September 2011

Gavin Turk

En Face

Vigo Gallery