Gavin Turk - New Now London Thursday, December 8, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Eaten and then thrown away, Gavin Turk takes the discarded, shrivelled and dead and gives it new life in the form of miniature painted bronze sculptures. Heavy with the symbolism of an English Eden, these once ripe fruits, alongside their associations with knowledge and temptation, Adam’s apple and of course, Eve, have been discarded and tossed away. Now ‘rotten to the core’, the fruits of the utopian English garden have become a poisonous symbol of man’s fall. Or perhaps they are nothing more ominous than evidence of a healthy diet in which their daily consumption contains the promise to keep the doctor away.

    • Provenance

      Christie's, London, Charity Auction, 15 October 2006, lot 19 (donated by the artist)
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner


Paradise Lost

painted bronze
5 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm (1 7/8 x 0 5/8 x 0 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2006.

Full Cataloguing

£2,000 - 3,000 ‡♠

Sold for £6,930

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Charlotte Gibbs
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London Auction 8 December 2022