This print continues the artist's ongoing preoccupation with the commodification of art and how art history is hijacked and reconstituted in contemporary art. He dissects art historical influences and re-presents them in painting and print. In ‘Turk Love’ the word ‘Love’ (from Robert Indiana’s seminal work) is substituted by the artists name Turk – the outsider or foreigner. Using his name as a brand, Turk explores the notion of cliché in popular culture, how hibrow becomes the commonplace while the meaning is slowly lost.
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.