Tracey Emin (born 1963)

Tracey Emin RA was born on the 3 July 1963 in London and grew up in Margate. Of dual Turkish Cypriot and English descent she studied fine art at Maidstone College of Art, graduating in 1986, and went on to the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is frequently both confessional and confrontational. Although her work frequently deals with the minutiae of her own life she touches on issues that are common to all, such as questions of sexuality, mortality, and the creation of meaning in life. She had her first solo exhibition at the White Cube Gallery in 1994 and went on to become a key member of the YBAs. In 1997, her work Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, a tent appliquéd with names, was shown at Charles Saatchi's Sensation exhibition.

She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999 where she exhibited My Bed — an installation, consisting of her own unmade dirty bed with used condoms and blood-stained underwear. In 2004, her tent artwork was destroyed in the Momart warehouse fire. In March 2007, Emin was chosen to join the Royal Academy of Arts in London as a Royal Academician. She represented Britain at the 2007 Venice Biennale. Her first major retrospective 20 Years was held in Edinburgh 2008, and is currently touring Europe. Tate Britain recently opened a room in their collection devoted entirely to Emin's work.

Other than printmaking, which is central to her work, Emin uses various other mediums including needlework and sculpture, drawing, video and installation, photography and painting.

Tracey Emin lives and works in London

Public collections include Tate Britain, London, The Saatchi Gallery, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg.

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Tracey Emin

No Substitute for Your Love

No Substitute for Your Love, 2003

Etching Edition size: 300 Image height 46 cm, width 51 cm