Exploring ideas relating to the artist’s signature, Tea Stain is a unique multiple revealing the evidence of a performative process. The “mark” of the artist is a piece of ephemera, treasured as a relic. This accidental print – an abstract reference to British identity and colonialism - describes the contemplation of the blank page: the moment before the creative act. Tea as a medium was historically used as a light fast stain for watercolour paper - A lot of tea has been drunk in the making of this artwork.
Gavin Turk was born in Guildford, 1967, and studied at the Royal College of Art. In 1991, he was denied his MA degree from the college having exhibited only a blue heritage plaque of his name on the white walls of the exhibition space. This is the same plaque printed on Turk’s Pretty Taxing disc sleeve.
Questioning the originality and authenticity of art has led to Turk’s eminence as one of the young British artists, and has resulted in his work being collected by Tate Modern, London; Charles Saatchi; Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK and Victoria and Albert Musuem, London.