Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk is a British artist and one of the Young British Artists (YBAs). He often uses his own image in life-size sculptures of famous people.

Turk went to the Royal College of Art. However, in 1991, the tutors refused to give him the final degree because of his show, called Cave, which consisted of a whitewashed studio space, containing only a blue heritage plaque (of the kind normally found on historic buildings) commemorating his own presence as a sculptor. This bestowed some instant notoriety on Turk, whose work was collected by Charles Saatchi.