Gavin Turk's unforgettable and darkly humorous work uses irony to question the values of pop culture, art, and identity. Loosely involved in the Young British Artists (YBAs) in the late 1980s, Gavin Turk was the serum to the risible self-promotion of artists like Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. Born in Guildford in 1967, Turk studied at Chelsea College of Art before taking an MA at the Royal College of Art. It was there that Turk achieved… Read more
About the artwork
In this print Turk borrows shamelessly in terms of subject matter and technique by depicting himself as Che Guevara in the style of an Andy Warhol silkscreen. Typically casting the artist in the role of an icon, Gavara Reversed perfectly illustrates Turk's idiosyncratic form of self-mythologizing and engaging with discourses surrounding pop culture.