Tracey Emin

Installation artist, Painter, Photographer, Sculptor, Videomaker – British


tracey emin

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.

Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques – or ‘women’s work’ – for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’. In Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With, Emin used the process of appliqué to inscribe the names of lovers, friends and family within a small tent, into which the viewer had to crawl inside, becoming both voyeur and confidante. Her interest in the work of Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele particularly inform Emin’s paintings, monoprints and drawings, which explore complex personal states and ideas of self-representation through manifestly expressionist styles and themes.

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London, and a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. During the Edinburgh Festival in 2008, Emin’s survey exhibition ’20 Years’ opened at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and then toured on to Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain and the Kunstmuseum Bern,, Switzerland.
Emin currently lives and works in London.



CBE, 2013 Royal Academician, 2007


Professor of Drawing, Royal Academy, 2012
Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Art, 2007
Doctor of Letters, University of Kent, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, London Metropolitan University, 2007
The Jury Prize Cairo Biennale Award, Cairo, 2001
International Award for Video Art, 1997

Public Collections

Albright-Knox, New York
Arts Council of Great Britain
Art/Pace Roberts Foundation, San Antonio
British Museum, London Camden Arts Center, London
Denver Art Musuem, Colorado
Deutsche Bank
Garage Centre for Contemporary Sculpture, Moscow
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Hara Museum, Tokyo
Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum van Loon, Amsterdam
National Portrait Gallery, London
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Pompidou Centre, Paris
RISD Museum, Rhode Island
Saatchi Collection, London
Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum
Sammlung Goetz Collection, Munich
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
Simmons and Simmons, London
South London Gallery, London
Tate Gallery, London
TI Group PLC, Oxon
Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis