Tracey Emin, b. 1963. Artist

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Tracey Emin, b. 1963. Artist 19 March 2010 (print 2011)
  • Scottish Art
Controversial and outspoken artist Tracey Emin appears somewhat apathetic in this quiet portrait. Born in London, Emin studied at Medway College of Design, Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, film, installation, embroidery, neon and text - using her personal experiences to make highly confessional works in which she exposes herself, her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in a very direct manner. Emin deals relentlessly with the minutiae of her life and with the common subjects of sexuality, mortality and what it means to be an artist. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999. In 2008 her first major retrospective was held at the Scottish National Modern One.

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Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.

Turner Prize

An annual British art prize which was founded in 1984 by the Tate Gallery's Patrons of New Art. It is intended to promote public discussion of developments in contemporary British art and generates media attention and, at times, controversy. Winners include Gilbert and George , Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and Douglas Gordon.

Medium/ media, Turner Prize


  • Acc. No. PGP 765.8
  • Medium Inkjet print
  • Size 29.50 x 45.20 cm
  • Credit Gift of the photographer July 2011