Tracey Emin

English (born 1963)
Tracey Emin Just Remember How It Was 1998 © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2018.

Biography

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 phenomenon is also known as ‘Britart’.
  • Founded in 1984, The Turner Prize is awarded annually to the ‘most outstanding contribution’ to British art that took place in the last year.