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Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk is a British born, international artist. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art.

This piece is from the series ‘Piss Paintings’ which are based on Andy Warhol’s ‘Oxidation Paintings.’ They are made out of copper prepared canvas which has been urinated on, causing oxidization, thus producing the beautiful blue-green splash.

This series of works first came out of a performance at Riflemaker Gallery in London during the exhibition ‘Me as Him’ 1997 where camouflage fright wig screen prints of the artists as Warhol were on display. During the evening visitors were invited to urinate on a collection of pre-prepared canvases in an extrovertly collaborative exercise.