Gavin Turk attended the Royal College of Art in London. In his 1991 MA exhibition, he presented a whitewashed studio space containing a single blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence. Though refused a degree, his subsequent notoriety attracted the attention of Charles Saatchi and he became part of a group known as the 'Young British Artists' (YBAs). Public collections include Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London; and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.