Tracey Emin CBE


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Place of Birth
Croydon, London
Medway College of Design; Maidstone Art College; Royal College of Art;

Tracey Emin was one of the leading figures of the Young British Artists movement of the 1990s. Hers is a uniquely provocative, confessional style which confronts issues such as trauma of abortion, rape, alcoholism and sexual history.

"Art is a great enabler, as it has helped me to achieve many things throughout my life and through my daily life to help many other people."
Tracey Emin

After gaining an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art in 1988, she had her first solo show in 1993 at the White Cube gallery, London. She came to greater prominence in 1999 with a Turner Prize nomination for her famous piece My Bed. Since then she has had numerous solo exhibitions around the world. She was elected to the Royal Academy in 2007, has been its Professor of Drawing since 2011 and received a CBE in 2013.

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