Gavin Turk

1967 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Gavin Turk is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Gavin Turk was born in 1967. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Gavin Turk is represented by 8 galleries around the world, including countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal. Galleries include Charlie Smith London in the United Kingdom, as well as Maruani Mercier and Aeroplastics in Belgium. Gavin Turk's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Book of the WORD at Helsinki Contemporary in Finland. The exhibition was open from 09 June 2017 until 02 July 2017. Gavin Turk's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Aeroplastics in Brussels (30 June 2018 - 29 October 2018) with the name Brussels when it's sizzling and Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea in Milan (09 May 2018 - 26 July 2018) with the name GROUP SHOW. Gavin Turk's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called The Book of the WORD and took place at Helsinki Contemporary in Finland from the 09 June 2017 to 02 July 2017.

Gavin Turk in private collections

Wellsyke and Eirik Stensrud Collection feature Gavin Turk's works on Artland. They also include works by prominent figures such as Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Sarah Derat, and Isabel Alonso Vega.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued tremendous wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary period, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Gavin Turk

Born in 1967, Gavin Turk's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Gavin Turk

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 5
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