A key player in the YBA movement, Turk is known for his large-scale public sculptures, including a gigantic green door in the Olympic Park and a 12-metre nail in the City of London. Smaller pieces often focus on themes of identity and reference characters from popular culture – one of his most famous screen prints is a rendition of Warhol’s portrait of Elvis, speckled with diamond dust.
Did you know?
In an art world yin and yang, Turk’s degree show installation (a plain, white studio entitled ‘Cave’, with a blue plaque featuring his name and work dates) lost him his graduation from the Royal Academy of Arts – but won him the patronage of Charles Saatchi.
Country of Birth
Philipps, London, 'Pile, 2004 painted bronze', 2015
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Tate Britain, London, UK
En Oeuf, Maruani, Mercier Gallery, Brussels, 2019
Oeuvre, (Verdigris), Somerset House, 2019
Letting Go, Reflex, Amsterdam, 2019
Turkish Tulips, Museum Van Loon, 2017
History of Art, Mimmo Scognamiglio artecontemporanea, 2018