2010 Honorary Doctorate in Arts, University of East London 1989-1991 Royal College of Art, London, MA 1986-1989 Chelsea School of Art, London, BA
Gavin Turk has been for the last thirty years one of the prominent Young British Artists. Dealing primarily with issues of authorship and authenticity, his work is often seen as quite controversial. An example of this was a series of three-dimensional Trompe-l'œil works which included objects cast into bronze and painted to give the appearance of the original object - these include bronze sculptures of plastic rubbish bags, one of which when displayed in a prominent auction house, almost got thrown away with the rubbish!
Turk’s contribution to Cure3, All Things, is no exception. The artist refers to it as a “time capsule of an annual ephemeral sculpture”. The artist, known for exploring and questioning the role of art in modern society, has captured the process of change within the Perspex cube in a “frozen state of ethereal beauty”. He has placed a self-seeded chili inside the cube which has dried out throughout the year along with its root system. This artwork invites the viewer to question our perception of art, as at first glance it appears to be a scientific object; the red chilies resemble the planetary model of an atom and the symbolism of it being a chilli plant does not go amiss.
Recently, Turk has presented major solo exhibitions in the UK, at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery and the Freud Museum. He has various commissioned public sculptures and his work is widely collected by institutions such as the Tate, MoMA New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum.