Tracey Emin

English (born 1963)
Tracey Emin Just Remember How It Was 1998 © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2017.


Born 1963
Nationality English

Emin was born in London and grew up in Margate. She studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Emin works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, film, installation, embroidery, neon and text. She uses 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.

Glossary terms

  • A group of conceptual British artists, mainly born in the 1960s, first gathered together by Damien Hirst in 1988 to take part in an exhibition called 'Freeze'. The term YBA was coined following the show 'Young British Artists I', featuring work by Hirst and Rachel Whiteread, which was held at the Saatchi Gallery, London, in 1992. Many of the artists known as YBAs trained at Goldsmiths College of Art, London. The phenomenon is also known as 'Britart'.

  • 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.