Tracey Emin (b. 1963, London, England) was raised in the seaside town of Margate on the English coast. After leaving school at an early age, Emin enrolled at the Maidstone College of Art, Kent, to study printmaking. She continued her studies at the prestigious Royal College of Arts, London, where she earned a Master’s degree in painting. Today, Emin is regarded as one of Britain’s most significant contemporary artists. She is internationally recognized for her blunt, personal, and revealing style, which elicits a broad spectrum of emotions ranging from shock to empathy to self-reflection. Drawing on personal experiences, Emin often reveals painful situations with brutal honesty and poetic humor in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, embroidery, neon, installation, sculpture, and film.
In 1999, Lehmann Maupin presented Tracey Emin’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Every Part of Me’s Bleeding. Following this critically acclaimed exhibition, Emin presented her infamous installation “Bed” at the Tate Gallery for which she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In 2007, Emin was chosen to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist to ever do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In late 2012, Queen Elizabeth II released her prestigious New Year’s honours list in which she appointed Emin Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.
The artist’s extensive exhibition history includes solo and group exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2009); Blumenbar Verlag, Berlin (2008); Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2010); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2010); The Hayward Gallery, London (2011); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012); Malba – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012). Forthcoming exhibitions include a two gallery solo show at Lehmann Maupin, New York in May 2013, and a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami in December 2013.
Emin’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections around the world, including the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Camden Arts Center, London; Hara Museum, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; National Portrait Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Saatchi Collection, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Tate Britain, London. The artist lives and works in London, England.