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About Tracey Emin

“There should be something revelatory about art… It should be totally creative and open doors for new thoughts and experiences” – Tracey Emin Tracey Emin is a prominent member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), renowned for her provactive and sexually explicit art. Her work is often autobiographical and confessional, revealing intimate details of her life and tackling such themes as...
Tracey Emin

“There should be something revelatory about art… It should be totally creative and open doors for new thoughts and experiences” – Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin is a prominent member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), renowned for her provactive and sexually explicit art. Her work is often autobiographical and confessional, revealing intimate details of her life and tackling such themes as relationships, human behaviour and gender with brutal honesty and dark humour.

Emin works with a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture sewn appliqué and neon text.

Born in 1963 in Croydon, England, Emin received her MA from the Royal College of Art and came to prominence in the late 1980s as the Enfant Terrible of the YBAs.

Her ‘Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995’ brought her widespread fame and notoriety when it was shown at Charles Saatchi’s ‘Sensation’ exhibition at the Royal Academy in London in 1997.

In 1999 she had her first solo exhibition, ‘Every Part of Me’s Bleeding’, at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York and later that year she was nominated for the Turner Prize with her installation ‘My Bed’, which featured her own bed in which she had spent several weeks eating, drinking, smoking and having sexual intercourse during a period of depression following a failed relationship. The piece explored the allegorical qualities of a bed as a place of birth, rest, sex and death.

As her reputation as an influential artist grew, Emin began to receive official recognition for her achievements. In 2007, Emin became the second female artist ever to represent Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art as well as a Doctor of Letters by the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy by London Metropolitan University. In 2011, Emin became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing, and in 2013 she received a CBE for her contribution to the Visual Arts.

Tracey Emin’s work has been exhibited internationally and features in public and private collections around the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Hara Museum in Tokyo, Museum van Loon in Amsterdam and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Tracey Emin lives and works in East London.

Tracey Emin News

‘Between the Lines’ at Maddox Gallery in Mayfair

Exhibition open 6th - 27th June 20199 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2QEMaddox Gallery is pleased to present...