Bridgeman Copyright is now representing conceptual artist Gavin Turk for image licensing
Acclaimed British artist Gavin Turk (b 1967) is best known as one of the Young British Artists (YBAs) - a group of artists known for their openness regarding artistic approaches, usage of materials, and a keen eye for shock tactics who began exhibiting together in 1988. The work of the YBAs dominated contemporary British art in the late 80s and 90s.
Throughout Turk's career he has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork and the use of rubbish in art.
''Take two paintings by the same artist - one has a signature and the other doesn't. The signed picture is generally more valuable. The signature is almost graffiti or a tagging system, yet it can become more important than the subject.''
- Gavin Turk
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 Recent Years
Recently, Turk has taken part in several large-scale sculptural commissions and has donated artwork and funding to several charities including his own, The House of Fairy Tales, which was formed with his wife and acts as a national children's arts charity.
Gavin has recently helped produce the Turkish Tulips Folio, which raises money for children's charities - the sales of which he is actively promoting.
Turkish Tulips and Current Exhibition
Turkish Tulips features 19 original prints published by The House of Fairy Tales and co-curated by artist Gavin Turk. Established by Turk and Deborah Curtis in 2008, The House of Fairy Tales is a children’s educational arts charity, that delivers engaging, artistic, learning experiences for children.
This new portfolio of prints benefits the charity, with works of art by many of today’s leading artists including: Sir Peter Blake, Rob and Nick Carter, Mat Collishaw, Gordon Cheung, Damien Hirst, Cornelia Parker RA, Michael Craig-Martin RA and Yinka Shonibare MBE RA.
The Gavin Turk Tulips folio is currently being prepared for display at Photos X Folios - an upcoming exhibition curated by Turk.
To coincide with Frieze Art Fair, Bridgeman Editions presented Photos X Folios, which launched on the 20th September at Grace Belgravia - an exhibition of limited edition prints & photographs which have been produced to raise awareness for three art educational charities - the RA Schools, House of Fairy Tales and Funtasia.
Find out more
See all images available for licensing by Gavin Turk in the Bridgeman Archive.
Bridgeman Artists' Copyright Service
Gavin Turk joins a distinguished list of artists and artists’ estates to have appointed the Bridgeman Artists’ Copyright Service including Lucian Freud and Stanley Spencer.
Even if the image is not held by Bridgeman, copyright can still be cleared.
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