MJ Turpin

MJ Turpin



MJ Turpin was born in 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa where he currently works. Turpin obtained his BA (Hons) in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. He works as an independent contemporary artist and co-director of the Kalashnikovv gallery in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Turpin’s work is a combination of mixed media as well as installations that convey his exploration of contemporary forms of escapism such as the internet, drug addiction and religion. Turpin’s most recent solo exhibition “take me apart” at No End Contemporary was an attempt to interrogate old narratives and replace them with new ones. Through these works, Turpin deconstructs history, self and ideas of privilege and western cultural hegemony. 

Turpin’s work has been exhibited in a number of group shows at spaces such as The Goodman Gallery, Everard Read and Circa to name a few. He has also participated in various shows internationally in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Morocco and Taiwan. His latest international exhibition participation was La Gaite Lyrique French/ South Africa season in Paris.


2007 – Debut solo show, Moja Modern Contemporary, Parktown North, Johannesburg.

2007 – Premises Gallery(Trinity Session), Nelson Mandela Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

2008 – Bell-Roberts Contemporary (Cube Space) Cape Town.

2008 – Gordart Gallery.Johannesburg

2010 – Artspace Gallery(Now Lizemore and Associates), Rosebank. Johannesburg.

2010 – Identity/Untitled Duo with Catarina Aimee Dahms. WM Gallery, Amsterdam.

2011 – Everard Read: CIRCA Gallery. Johannesburg.

2011 – Satellite Spaces///The Untitled Gallery. “Reaching for God”, Johannesburg.

2012 – FatForm “Interlude” Amsterdam

2012 – BijlmAir Residency Studio, Amsterdam

2014 – “The Escape from self” Kalashnikovv Gallery Johannesburg,

2015 – “The Escape from self II” Kalashnikovv Gallery Johannesburg,

2016 – “Aesthetic Engineering” Duo with Maaike Bakker, Kalashnikovv Gallery

2016 – “From Archetype to Prototype” Duo with Matthew Dowdle, Kalashnikovv Gallery

2017 – “Channeling the material” – Hazard Gallery,Johannesburg

2019 – “Take me apart” – No end Contemporary, Johannesburg

2020 – “En route to nowhere” – Duo with Shaun Francis, No End Contemporary”, Johannesburg

2020 – “Room 3” – Gallery- Cape Town


2002 – Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum.

2003 – Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

2003 – Marteinssen Prize Exhibition(Wits University), Gertrude Posel Gallery.

2004 – Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

2004 – Sasol New Signature Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum.

2004 – Marteinssen Prize Exhibition (Wits University), Gertrude Posel Gallery, (Honourable Mention


2006 – Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

2006 – Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum

2011 – Absa Atelier Award Finalist

2011 – Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Award

2013 – Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2013

2018 – Absa Atelier Award Finalist Speaker/Panelist/Committees/



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