Tracey Emin is a London based artist who has reached a level of wide spread respect and celebrity within, and well beyond the contemporary art world. Born in London in 1963, she was brought up in Margate, Kent. Emin completed an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art making expressionist painting inspired by the work of Munch and Schiele. She subsequently destroyed these works when she suffered what she has described as her 'emotional suicide' following an abortion. Some years later, Emin returned to making art, this time using her personal experience to make highly confessional works. Her first solo exhibition included a display of personal memorabilia and photographs of all of her destroyed paintings in a disarmingly frank exploration of her own life. Key works have included 'Everyone I Have Ever Slept With' (1963-1995), demonstrating Emin's ability to make confrontational and provocative works that make a strong challenge to the definition of what art could be. Her canvas for story telling has been wide-ranging. She has utilised drawing, filmmaking, installation, painting, neon, photography, appliqué and sculpture. Emin exposes herself, her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in an incredibly direct manner that traverses tragedy and humour. She is a regular contributor to GQ Magazine and The Independent newspaper. A sponsorship relationship means Emin also appears in adverts and at social events for Vivienne Westwood.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 'The Wonderful Fund - Collecting Art for the New Millenium', Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2006
  • 'Body - New Art from the UK', Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada, 2005
  • 'Tracey Emin', Magasin - Centre National d'art Contemporain de Grenoble, France, 2005
  • 'Premieres', Museum of Modern Art, New York, US, 2004
  • 'David Hockney/Tracey Emin Dibujos', Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, 2004
  • 'Happiness - A Survival Guide for Art and Life', Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2003
  • 'Just Love Me - Post Feministic Art of the 1990s', Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Germany, 2003 
2003 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia 
  • 'This is Another Place', Great Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
  • 'Ten Years', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 'I Think it's in my head', Lehmann Laupin Gallery, New York 
Haus der Kunst, München
  • 'You forgot to kiss my soul', White Cube2, London
  • 'Rapture: Art's Seduction by Fashion Since 1970', Barbican Gallery, London 
  •  'Century City', Tate Modern, London 
  • 'Love is a Strange Thing', Fig.1, London
  • 'What Do You Know About Love', Galerie Gebauer, Berlin 
  • 'Every Part of Me's Bleeding', Lehmann Maupin, New York
  • 'The British Art Show 5', The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (National Touring Exhibitions) 
  • 'Loose Threads', Serpentine Gallery, London
  • 'Turner Prize', Tate Gallery, London 
  • 'Sensation', Royal Academy of Arts, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 
  • 'Full House', Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg 
  • 'Life/Live', Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centro de Exposições do Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon (curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist) 
  • 'Minky Manky', South London Gallery, London; Arnolfini, Bristol (curated by Carl Freedman) 
  • 'Hotel Carlton Palace' Chambre 763, Hotel Carlton Palace, Paris (curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist) 
  • 'Karaoke & Football', Portikus, Frankfurt



  1. 6 Dec 2014
    Tracey Emin creates an interview.

    Martin Creed

  2. 1 Dec 2004
    Tracey Emin features in a project.

    Pirelli Calendar

  3. 13:36 - 14:36 on 25 Jun 2003
    Tracey Emin presents a live stream.

    Tracey Emin

  4. 12 Feb 2003
    Tracey Emin features in a project.

    In Camera