Tracey Emin


Tracey Emin, CBE, RA (b. 1963)

Tracey Emin, CBE, RA is an English artist who uses a variety of materials. Emin gained a bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Maidstone College of Art in 1986, then attended the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1989. Mixed shows included Hotel Carlton Palace Chambre 763, at Hotel Carlton Palace in Paris, 1993; Karaoke & Football, Portikus, Frankfurt, 1994; Brilliant! New Art from London, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, 1995 (in which Emin exhibited a tent inside which she had sewn the names of everyone she had slept with including the artist Billy Childish. Her work was sometimes similar to his in its confessional subject matter, language and ideas; her photograph I've Got It All, showing her with coins and banknotes, reminiscent of his much earlier photo I've Got Everything Indeed, depicting Childish with coins and banknotes); and A Grapefruit in a World of Park, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, and Sad, at Gasworks, both 1996.


Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)