B. 1981

Building on the Duchampian strategy of the ready-made, Gavin revitalises found objects, used canvas, the scraps, shards and general detritus of society, repurposing and restructuring forms based around issues concerning subjectivity, agency and the art market.

Graduating with Honours at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2010, the same year the artist was the recipient of the Zelda Stedman Scholarship and guest curator at RMIT Galleries in Melbourne. In 2014 the artist was shortlisted for the prestigious International Franc Vila Emerging Art Prize.

Artworks and ideas have featured and reviewed in Artforum, Frieze, The Observer, RealTime, Trouble and Umelec Contemporary Art magazines.


Occupations Above A Sea Of Fog (2017) Charcoal, oil stick, pencil, emulsion, acrylic on canvas 220 x 170 cm

Apparition at Sea (2016) acrylic, gloss, enamel, spray paint on canvas 150 x 120cm

Billboard with no influence, composition #2 (2016) Found modified colour print, varnish on marine plywood, 186 x 3.5 x 23.5cm

Horizon ( Explosions in the Sky ) 2016 Oil on reverse, linoleum, fungi, dirt, graphite, acrylic on canvas, 118.5 x 148.5cm

Marilyn (2016) Linoleum, gesso, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, canvas, hair clip on marine plywood, 130 x 65 cm

Floorplan composition #2 (2015) vinyl, unique

F... Contemporary Art (2014) Frieze Magazine cover, gallery wall, 21 x 4 cm Private Collection, Auckland

Citizen KE (2014) Found fashion magazine, collage, acrylic, adhesive tape 20 x 4 x 30cm

Ton of twists but we're fresh out of shout (2013) Gesso, acrylic, gloss, enamel on canvas 150 x 120cm

Every now and then the world looks to an individual upon whom to rely blindly (2011) Fabric, wood, steel, fabric maker and fabric paint

Again... Once Over Again (2010) 105 curatorial cards, site specific installation, around quadrangle of Sydney College of the Arts

History of Modern Art on loan (2010) Books on loan from the library for duration of exhibition, University of Sydney, Rozelle campus

Courtesy... (2007) Vinyl, text file, dimensions variable, FEINKOST, Berlin (2008)

Status Quo (2006) ink, gouache, graphite on paper mounted on aluminium, photocopies of original Tate Modern curatorial card 66 x 60 cm

Label (2005) Acrylic, gloss, graphite on canvas, perspex cover, 18 x 16 inches


Solo in Lisbon

Solo show at Atelier Concorde, Lisbon, Portugal November/December 2017

SPRING 1883 Sydney

Spring 1883 at The Establishment with Antoine Aguilar, Irene Perez Hernandez, Juan Pablo Plazas, Alexis Destoop and Ulf Saupe. September 6-9, 2017

SOLO at FORT DELTA Melbourne

Solo show, Clinging to Debris, Opening on the 10th of February 2017 at Fort Delta, Melbourne

SPRING 1883 Melbourne

New paintings and works on paper by Ben Gavin will be on display at Spring 1883, Melbourne, 17-21st of August 2016


Concept reviewed in Frieze, at FEINKOST Berlin, text by April Lamm (2008)