Gavin Turk is a British artist born in 1967. Considered to be one of the Young British Artists, Turk studied at Chelsea School of Art from 1986 - 1989, and at the Royal College of Art from 1989 - 1991. He failed to graduate when tutors there refused to present him with his degree, a decision based on his graduation exhibition. Titled Cave, it consisted of an empty studio containing only a blue heritage plaque. Commemorating his own presence as a sculptor, it stated 'Gavin Turk worked here, 1989-1991'.
Despite being denied his degree, Turk’s work went on to be collected by the likes of Charles Saatchi, and he has subsequently produced an extensive body of work which deals with issues of authenticity and questions the value and integrity of artistic identity. His work has been exhibited at institutions including Tate Britain, South London Gallery, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva and The New Art Gallery, Walsall.